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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: Failure to supervise patient during therapy, Failure to maintain appropriate maintenance on equipment
A 40-year old man (plaintiff) was participating in a work-hardening program with our insured’s facility following hip replacement surgery. The patient was scheduled to return to work as a commercial car painter the following week when he was on a 65 centimeter “classic” exercise ball with his head and shoulders supported by the ball. Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations

 
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 Pharmacist Edition


This claim involves a two-year old child with a one-year history of epilepsy and seizure disorder. The patient was prescribed oxcarbazepine 300 milligrams/5militers, to take 180 milligrams twice-a-day for seizures, which controlled her seizures for the first six months she was prescribed the medication. After the initial six months of being on the medication, the parents’ health insurance changed. Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations
 
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 ​Counselor Edition


A 17 year-old female (patient) had a history of suicidal ideation, depression/anxiety and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD") due to sexual and emotional abuse by one of her mother’s boyfriends beginning at age 10. As a result of the abuse, the patient turned to alcohol and drugs. At the age of 12, the patient began smoking marijuana and drinking on a regular basis and by her mid-teens she was abusing cocaine, ecstasy, acid, mushrooms, oxycodone, Xanax® and inhalants. At the age of 15, she began cutting herself with razors, paper clips and house keys. It was at this time her mother (plaintiff) decided her daughter needed counseling. Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations
 
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