Have you or your practice been sued by a patient before?
I have and let me just say, it was a brutal experience. This happened a while back now, when I use to own alot of physiotherapy wellness clinics. In fact, it happened to me twice. And it’s something I would never wish upon anyone.
The first time I was sued was when a patient claimed to get burned from a hot pack during treatment. The second time was also another burn injury after interferential current therapy for treating pain. Crazy thing was one of the lawsuits was a lawyer who was a patient and it scared the crap out of the new grad physiotherapist we hired.
While none of us ever want to be faced with a lawsuit, the reality is, it can happen. And when you think about it, it can happen to any modality including shockwave therapy, ultrasound or laser at your clinic. It can even happen with a dysfunctional hi-low table - so stay away from buying cheap beds, and cheap equipment for that matter, please do!!! It's just not worth the lawsuits.
Let’s talk about some of the things you need to be aware of and how to protect yourself as best you can, including:
- Two things you need to get patient consent for
- Two types of insurance you absolutely need
- How to comply with regulatory obligations
- Two steps to protect yourself through informed consent