LEGAL ISSUES MAKE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY MORE IMPORTANT

There are some fields of practice that are harder to monitor, administer and manage than others, making medical professional liability coverage more important than ever. Some of these fields include:

•Long term care
•Mental health care
•Elder care
•Chronic care

These cases are harder to handle, the patients more difficult to care for, and complications more likely to occur than with other patient populations. That also makes accidents and incidents an implied work hazard for practitioners. It would be almost unwise to proceed in such an environment without medical professional liability coverage.

This has been shown by a few recent court cases as well. Taking care to be aware of and avoid these issues is the best for companies that want to eliminate as much concern about quality of care as possible.

Identifying concerns

There’s always a risk when treating people who are feeble or frail either physically or mentally. A recent case in Colorado Springs, Colorado shed light on this issue, as Out There Colorado reported.

The incident in question involved a young woman suffering from a variety of serious mental health issues who has been transported from her home to a hospital. The issue first responders and clinicians faced was that her condition was declining at home, yet removing her from that location made her even worse.

While the woman in question was eventually treated with adequate attention, the case prompted the region to invest in a more diverse, liability-free approach to mental health care. Now varied professionals respond on these calls, making it easier for a good assessment to be made of each patient before he or she is moved. Learning from high-liability situations can help companies dodge damaging situations while still providing the right levels of service.

Isolating issues

While patient factors can be a considerable concern, there’s also the matter of internal affairs to consider in promoting positive general professional liability oversight. The Legal Intelligencer detailed that there’s an ongoing case regarding internal hospital professional liability issues that could trouble more than just one firm.

The source detailed that bad acts on the part of employees can make for poor working conditions. This in turn can impact both personnel on an internal level, as well as how they engage with patients. Keeping track of how operations and human resources are progressing can help organizations identify problems and avoid them evolving into greater concerns or general professional liability concerns.