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Healthcare Professionals and Medical Malpractice: A Case Study with Risk Management Strategies

Medical malpractice claims can be asserted against any healthcare provider. Although there may be a perception that physicians are held responsible for the majority of lawsuits, the reality is that healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, pharmacists and counselors are more frequently finding themselves defending the care they provide.

Physical Therapist Edition | Pharmacist Edition | Counselor Edition
 

 Physical Therapist Edition

Case Study: Overly aggressive treatment
This case involves a 42-year old female with a long history of bilateral knee injuries and subsequent surgeries. She received her first surgery at age 14 to her right knee and then both knees at ages 16, 18, 21 and then again at 40. Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations

 
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 Pharmacist Edition


The patient had a history of diabetes, obesity, and hypertension and was a smoker. He was taking Diltiazem for hypertension and Lexapro for anxiety and depression. He presented with a prescription for Flomax to treat newly diagnosed urinary symptoms related to prostate enlargement. Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations
 
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 ​Counselor Edition


The plaintiff was a 23-year-old female admitted to the defendant counselor’s facility for treatment of depression and the eating disorder, anorexia. She was treated as an inpatient for her disorders until she was no longer able to pay for care. The defendant counselor then transferred the client to his (unlicensed) transitional housing facility where she was appointed as “house monitor”, but her condition worsened. She was terminated from her position and discharged from the facility. Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations
 
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