Medical Negligence Suits: Risk Management

S. Elango

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Medical negligence suits have become an issue of concern for doctors as well as for the health service departments. The main objectives of medical malpractice law are to compensate patients who are injured by negligence and to improve the quality of medical care. The amount of money and time spent on these cases may not be an effective allocation of social resources to minimize patient safety. Though physicians generally win more malpractice suits, much time and money are spent and results in much stress to those concerned. There are certain controllable events in practice that render a physician more or less vulnerable to malpractice claims. Attempts by physicians to understand and prevent unwanted situations that can lead to litigation is important. The risk factors for medical negligence suits are discussed. The practice of good medicine will be the best form of risk management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-631
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Medical malpractice
  • Medical negligence
  • Risk management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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