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Limiting the risk of a medical malpractice lawsuit

Medical professionals are only human, yet patients often expect them to perform as if they have superhuman capabilities. This means that doctors sometimes make mistakes despite doing their very best. Limiting the potential for a medical malpractice lawsuit in such a situation is essential for doctors in Texas, and most can start that process with just a few easy steps.

Prioritize documenting

Doctors already dedicate quite a bit of time to documenting medical appointments, treatment plans and outcomes. One of the most important things to document though is a patient’s consent to treat form, which should clearly detail potential risks associated with a procedure. All documentation should be:

  • Performed in a timely manner
  • Accurate
  • Clear

Maintain communication

Having a strong relationship with a patient is another proactive measure doctors can take. According to research and patient surveys, doctors who maintain great relationships with patients are sued much less frequently even after poor outcomes. This includes maintaining clear channels for communication even after a poor outcome or mistake. Patients who feel reassured that their doctors care for them and their help may simply be less likely to want to take legal action against them.

In general, Texas doctors want the very best for their patients. Despite this, patients sometimes hold doctors and other medical professionals responsible for outcomes that were outside their control. Doctors who are accused of committing medical malpractice are often well advised to seek guidance from a knowledgeable attorney who can help guide them through this difficult period.