Adverse Events, Stress, and Litigation: A Physician’s Guide
New York. Oxford University Press, 2005.
This book describes physicians' reactions to bad outcomes and the psychological feelings and challenges associated with medical malpractice litigation. Anger, depression and anxiety are common feelings as are the disruptions felt by the defendant's spouse, family and close associates. The book discusses disclosure to patients, talking about the bad outcome and the lawsuit, and describes the stages of the legal process: the complaint; meeting with lawyers; choosing the expert witness, discovery; deposition; settlement; and trial. Written by a psychiatrist and an attorney, it provides unique insights, through real life stories, into the personal experience of litigation and recommendations for dealing with each stage of the process.