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Avoiding Medical Malpractice Claims: A Legal Perspective
Event Date: TBD
Time: 3 pm ET | 2 pm CT | 1 pm MT | 12 pm PT
Duration of the training: 60 Minutes
Location: Online Webinar
By: Bob Churilla

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Medical malpractice claims are certainly a major concern for all medical providers. In order, to prevent these claims from being filed it is important to know what the legal requirements are to prove such claims by patients as well as to prevent them if possible. In this webinar, a comprehensive overview of medical malpractice claims will be presented, and most importantly how to prevent them.

During the webinar, attendees will be introduced to the law of negligence and the elements required to prove a medical malpractice claim. The webinar will focus on how this is applied to various persons providing medical care including doctors, nurses, and other medical care staff. In particular, there will be a focus on hospital liability for the actions of its employees. The webinar will then focus on defenses to medical malpractice that will give clear guidance to medical personnel in their treatment of patients.

Finally, the webinar will help participants understand the importance of good, open, and honest communication with patients. Those attending will understand the necessity of communicating the risks associated with any type of medical treatment including the likelihood of any side effects or problems that may occur because of any procedure or prescribed medication. Lastly, the greatest deterrent to the filing of a medical malpractice claim may be the relationship established with the patient. This involves regularly communicating with the patient, returning their calls, and answering their questions. How to communicate with patients will be considered as a method to prevent medical malpractice claims from being filed in the first place.

Learning Objective:
  • Learn the elements to prove a medical malpractice claim.
  • Gain knowledge of the legal standard of care for doctors, specialists, nurses, and other hospital support staff.
  • Learn various defenses to medical malpractice claims.
  • Learn the role of the doctrine of respondeat superior in hospital liability for medical malpractice claims.
  • To be able to communicate the risks associated with a particular medical treatment to patients.
  • Understanding how well and open communication with patients during their treatment acts as a deterrent to the filing of medical malpractice claims.
Areas Covered in the Session:
  • Elements of a Medical Malpractice Claim
  • The Standard of Care
  • The Standard of Care for a Specialist
  • Defenses to Medical Malpractice Claims
  • Nurse Malpractice
  • Anesthesiologist Malpractice
  • Hospital Malpractice and Respondeat Superior
  • Communicating the Risk of Medical Treatment
  • Patient Communication as a Deterrent to Lawsuits
  • Live Q&A Session
Suggested Attendees:
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Assistants
  • Medical Billers
  • Medical Assistants
  • Hospital Support Staff
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Billing Staff
  • Claim Adjustment Staff
Presenter Biography:

Bob Churilla is a partner in the conflict management and organizational development firm, Conflict Resolution Professionals Group (CRPG). In addition, Bob is a Visiting Professor at a private university. Bob has worked with the United States Postal Service, Veterans Administration, Transportation Security Administration, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a mediator and consultant. He has also consulted with local, state, and national employers, government agencies, churches, and nonprofit organizations. During his career, Bob has both practiced and taught law. Bob has a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution and a Juris Doctorate.

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