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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

Physical Therapist Case Study: Alleged improper management over the course of treatment following total hip arthroplasty​


Overly aggressive treatment allegedly causes injury following total hip arthroplasty This case study involves the treating physical therapist individually, and as the physical therapy business owner who operates an outpatient physical therapy clinic. The patient was a 55-year-old female who presented for physical therapy at the insured’s clinic one week after undergoing a left total hip arthroplasty (THA). The orders stated that the therapist should begin phase 2 THA protocol, by including therapeutic exercises, gait training and cold pack/ice modalities. Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations​​​

 
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 Pharmacist Edition

The 12-year-old female patient (plaintiff) had been recently diagnosed with Wilson’s disease, a hereditary disorder in which an individual cannot properly metabolize and excrete copper. The patient was prescribed a 30-day supply of the chelating agent Penicillamine, a medication that binds with copper. The insured pharmacist (defendant) was an independent contractor working at a chain pharmacy (co-defendant). She had been working for the pharmacy only a few days when the electronic prescription for the patient was sent to the pharmacy.​ Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations​​
 
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 ​Counselor Edition


A large school district in a metropolitan area began a counseling program for middle school and high school students. The counseling program was in its second year when the insured counselor (defendant), a newly hired and newly licensed professional counselor (LPC), began working at a high school in the school district. One day between classes, a freshman student (the client/plaintiff) came to the counselor’s office after being assaulted by another female student in the women’s restroom. The client was upset and there were obvious signs that she had been physically assaulted. Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations​​
 
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