My Favorite Medical Malpractice Cases
Over the years I’ve consulted on a number of medical malpractice cases, so I thought I’d share that experience here, and tell you what I’ve learned from them. I don’t mean to imply to practice defensive medicine, but rather to learn from others’ mistakes. We all know that despite what you may consider to be excellent clinical care, lawsuits happen. Most medical mistakes do not result in lawsuits and most lawsuits have no merit.
Let’s start with a review of the four basic requirements for medical malpractice:
1. There has to be a contract between the patient and the treating physician;
2. There has to be a form of negligence;
3. There has to be patient harm; and
4. There has to be causation: the negligence has to have caused, directly or indirectly, the harm.
In this section of the website, I’ll occasionally list some of the cases I’ve consulted on, without identifying factors. All of the cases I discuss here will already have been settled or adjudicated. Please feel free to leave comments or questions and contribute to the discussion.