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You’ve Been Served: Now What?

Course description

Time: 12- 1 p.m

Getting served with notice of a malpractice lawsuit can be traumatic for many physicians. In this session Dr. Gita Pensa will cover what you need to know about the early stages of a lawsuit: first steps, do’s and don’ts, feelings you might experience, how to talk to your family or spouse about what’s happening, and where to find support. We will also discuss the discovery phase of litigation and how to prepare for deposition.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the initial impact commonly experienced by physicians who’ve received notice of litigation
  • List the steps that the physician or clinician should take after receiving notice
  • Identify behaviors to avoid during the early stages of a lawsuit, and the actions that might help you down the road
  • Identify the importance of social, peer and/or professional support during this time
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