The purpose of the session is to provide a better understanding of the medical malpractice process. Medical malpractice litigation and the practice of defensive medicine have impacted radiologists for more than a century and will likely continue to do so indefinitely. Although almost all radiologists have been involved in such lawsuits in some manner as a defendant, expert witness, or treating physician, knowledge of the litigation process, strategies utilized by plaintiff's and defense attorneys, and perspectives of malpractice insurance companies, are limited. This session will highlight and discuss the pros and cons associated with the four ways which a malpractice lawsuit is resolved. Developed in conjunction with the Radiology Leadership Institute
Describe the medical malpractice litigation process including strategies to avoid the likelihood of being sued.
Recognize techniques used by attorneys in malpractice lawsuits and the role of expert witnesses.
Review the discovery period in the evolution of a malpractice lawsuit and how the depositions influence the decision to defend or settle a lawsuit.