Show: May 12, 2013:
- How'd that work: Do pesticides cause birth defects?
- Lighter baseballs may reduce injuries
- Doc chat: Are residents' long hours to blame for medical mistakes?
- Does pharmaceutical-funded research produce biased reports in medical journals?
- Sleep paralysis
- What happens when doctors get sued?
- Why are golden retrievers at a higher risk for cancer?
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What happens when doctors get sued?
Interview: Mike Ward, M.D. former emergency room physician, Premiere Physician Services
According to Mike Ward, M.D., a retired emergency room physician, 75 to 99 percent of all doctors will be sued for medical malpractice sometime in their career. Although most lawsuits are settled outside of court for financial compensation, lawsuits still affect a doctor’s reputation and mental health. Dr. Ward says every physician will have bad patient outcomes at times, but not all bad outcomes are due to physician negligence. Dr. Ward says that treating patients with respect and apologizing when appropriate without admitting guilt is best practice.