This presentation illustrates how action or inaction on the part of the physician led to allegations of professional liability, and how risk management techniques may have either prevented the outcome or increased the physician's defensibility. The case has been modified to protect the privacy of the physician and the patient.
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An 89-year-old woman suffered a fractured right femur requiring surgical repair. She had a complicated history and comorbidities.
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In November 2007, a 40-year-old man was referred to an internal medicine physician by his primary care physician. The patient reported feeling weak and tired.
A 77-year-old woman with a history of cigarette smoking and COPD came to her family physician reporting a lump in her right breast.
At 6:51 p.m., a 62-year-old man came to the emergency department (ED) of a local hospital reporting pain in the “chest wall area.”
A 50-year-old man came to the emergency department (ED) of a large medical center with symptoms that suggested cellulitis. He had a fever of 102.4 degrees, and his blood pressure was 163/92 mm Hg.
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A 58-year-old man came to his family physician for evaluation of a lesion on his back. The man was a long-time patient of this physician.
At 8:30 a.m., a patient’s wife called her husband’s family physician and requested an appointment because her husband was experiencing chest pain that began the previous evening.
A 54-year-old woman returned to her primary care physician, Family Physician A. The patient reported pain in her left arm, chest, and back that had continued for a week.
A 66-year-old man came to an internal medicine physician with a complaint of shuffling gait. He had a complex medical history, including a history of stroke.
A 49-year-old African-American woman came to an internal medicine physician in August 2001. She continued to see this physician and his physician’s assistant for several years.
A 44-year-old man came to the ED with swelling of the lower extremities and ecchymosis present for the past six days. He denied nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
In December 2008, a 76-year-old woman came to an internist to establish a primary care relationship and to seek treatment for itching.
On December 3, a 27-year-old woman came to the office of Internist A. The patient reported abdominal pain.
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This is an actual TMLT medical malpractice case. It involves a family physician and a patient prescribed to pain medication. This presentation illustrates how action or inaction on the part of the phy