Does your defense team have what it takes to protect your reputation? Know what questions to ask before you face a malpractice allegation.
by Mike Whitmer in We Take Care of Our Own on Thursday, April 19, 2018
When there's an allegation of malpractice, I think every doctor would agree they want one thing when it comes to legal representation.
They want the best.
Your reputation is on the line. This is definitely one area where the bargain-basement attorney may not be the best value.
In the event a claim is filed against you, your malpractice insurance company is responsible for providing you with a defense and paying the cost of your defense. But this is an area where there is a huge difference.
You want to make sure the attorney representing you has the right expertise.
- Has the attorney ever defended a chiropractor before?
- Are they well familiar with the chiropractic profession?
- Does the insurance company provide defense counsel with chiropractic-specific training and resources?
Beyond your attorney, another person you want on your side through this process is your claims representative. This is the insurance company employee who works with both you and the attorney throughout the claim.
Same issues apply:
- Are they familiar with chiropractors?
- Have they worked on chiropractic claims before or are they part of a medical malpractice company that only works on chiropractic claims infrequently?
- What kind of chiropractic-specific training and resources have they received?
All these issues will have a big impact on you throughout the entire process of the claim. So again, when shopping for a malpractice insurance policy, ask questions. Ask about the company's experience with chiropractors. Ask about the number of chiropractors they represent.
After all, you want—and deserve—the best defense. Read about NCMIC's defense team.