As a Texas medical care provider, you know the value and importance of your reputation. Accusations of improper care or any type of medical malpractice can significantly impact your practice, your co-workers and the future of your career. It is critical that you take the appropriate steps to protect your work and defend yourself against a medical malpractice claim. There is a lot at stake for you, but you can fight back.
Medical professionals face a significant amount of pressure to perform perfectly on behalf of their patients. Doctors can try their best, yet still not achieve a perfect outcome every time. Patients may misunderstand risks or have unreasonable expectations regarding their medical care, and they may ultimately accuse you of improper care, negligence and more.
Ways you can protect your career
When your career is at stake, there is no time to lose in understanding the steps you should take to protect yourself. Each medical malpractice case is different, yet some of the most common and effective approaches you may consider as you fight accusations of malpractice include:
- Contributory negligence: If there were multiple care providers assisting a patient, it is possible that the decisions of another provider led to the negative outcome.
- Statute of limitations: There is a specific time frame in which one may file a medical malpractice claim. After a certain amount of time, the court may dismiss it.
- Good Samaritan laws: You may have a valid defense if there is evidence that you acted in the best interests of your patient during an emergency situation.
Medical malpractice is a complex area of law, and the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff. However, you would be wise to take your situation seriously, acting immediately to determine how you can best defend yourself against the accusation of negligent medical care.
Defending your career
When facing accusations of medical malpractice, your career and your reputation are at stake, and you could also be at risk of losing your license. A thorough assessment of the specific case will allow you to prepare a carefully and thoughtfully tailored defense strategy that will effectively confront the case brought by the patient.
It is possible to sometimes achieve a favorable outcome to an alleged medical malpractice case without litigation. Whether you are seeking a positive resolution through mediation or other means, or you are staunchly defending your interests in court, you have the right to fight for your career and long-term interests at every step.