PROTECTING NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS

A Malpractice Allegation Doesn't Mean the End of Your Career

malpractice allegation nightmares

posted by Mike Whitmer on Monday, January 25, 2016

You've received notice of a malpractice allegation, and you can think of nothing else. Even though you have your regular obligations, your family, your practice and patients, you're having a really hard time. This is your worst nightmare. It's painfully clear that you need to find some way to carry on, but you're not sure how.

Sound familiar? The bottom line is that in an instant, a malpractice allegation can dramatically change your personal and professional life in ways well beyond the financial impact to your business.

Whom you trust makes a difference

Patients can sue for any reason—or sometimes no reason at all, simply because they’re unhappy. So, the take-away message for doctors is to be realistic and always remember that just because a doctor gets sued doesn’t make him or her a bad doctor.

If you happen to get sued, one of the worst things you can do is let the shame and guilt of a malpractice allegation traumatize you to the point that you can’t continue to perform your job effectively. This is one time when you need a solid foundation of support. It’s important to have a company like NCMIC on your side.

Here are 3 tips to take productive steps to get on with your life.

  1. Seek the support of NCMIC. Being able to talk through feelings with people you trust can be invaluable. One person you can trust to offer sound advice and make your life easier is your NCMIC malpractice insurance claims representative. Our experienced claims representatives can talk through any situation you’re not sure how to handle. They can help you understand what is taking place, putting you more at ease with the process. 
  2. Self-soothe. Dive into a favorite hobby or an activity you’ve always wanted to try. Take a few days off to get away. Whatever works as a stress reliever for you, do it.
  3. Keep things in perspective. The last thing you need to worry about is having to educate a lawyer about naturopathic medicine. With NCMIC and our team of trained lawyers on your side, you can take care of your patients and still play an active role in your defense. We’ll take care of the rest.

In the event of a lawsuit, you owe it to yourself and your patients to not let a malpractice allegation ruin your career.

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  2. malpractice
  3. naturopathic
  4. risk management

About The Author

Mike Whitmer

Mike Whitmer is assistant vice president of insurance programs at NCMIC. With over 25 years' experience in insurance and finance, Mike has in-depth information to share with NDs. He is responsible for NCMIC's corporate relations team and directing risk management education efforts for doc ... read more

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