When neurologists were asked their opinion on why medical malpractice lawsuits are brought forward, three-fourths felt that patients don’t understand the medical risks or they don’t realize that even if a neurologist does everything right, their care can still result in a bad outcome.
Neurologists can take an active role in protecting themselves from the harm of a lawsuit. According to Neurology Today, “the essential features of effective risk management and successful malpractice defense are a solid physician-patient relationship, valid consent, and proper documentation.”
Robust medical malpractice insurance will also help you mitigate risk. The right policy will protect you from multiple factors in the event of a lawsuit, including:
Though many (not all) states have no legal requirement for doctors to have malpractice insurance in place, 94% of neurologists carry a liability policy.