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Being a defendant, tips from a judge, medication errors, and more

By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Related to: Claims, Education, Emergency Medicine, Primary Care, Insight into Risks of Ambulatory Care, Obstetrics, Other Specialties, Publications, Risk Basics, Surgery

CRICO Insights: May 2017

 
Judge Zobel’s key rules for being deposed...
 

Listen to the question.

Make sure you understand it.
 

Stay focused.

Don’t be distracted by worrying about the broader strategy—leave that to your lawyer.
 

Answer the question.

But only the question asked.
 

Obey your lawyer.

If she says, “Don’t answer that question,” stop talking.
 

Don’t rush your answers.

Being too prompt can cause as many difficulties as stalling.
 

Don’t speak until spoken to.

Plaintiff’s counsel can introduce anything you say into evidence against you.
 

Tell the truth.

Because the truth doesn’t go without saying.
 

 

Source: Doctors and the Law by Hon. Hiller Zobel and Stephen N. Rous, MD. Download your free ebook.

 

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Reducing Risk for Medical Malpractice:
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Join our experts for a discussion of common malpractice traps and strategies to lower your risk of being sued. Register now...

  

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Words of Wisdom for Doctors from a Retired Judge

Judge (and author) Hiller Zobel has seen plenty of physicians before his bench, and he has some straightforward advice for expert witnesses and defendants. Hear his advice...

  

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High patient volume, coupled with a need for operational expediency, can tax safety systems. What can be done to mitigate these risks? Harvard’s nursing leaders convened to identify best practices...


May 18, 2017
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