Medical-Legal Liability

Medical-Legal Issues and Liability are important areas that a physician will either encounter themselves or know of a colleague who encounters it. Medical-legal issues against physicians span the spectrum, including complaints to a regulatory authority (college) or hospital, patient privacy issues, disciplinary proceedings, practice audits, malpractice or negligence, or in rare cases, criminal proceedings. The scope of this article is to discuss common medical-legal issues that physicians may face in practice.