• Nothing Like a Mock Trial to Scare Staff Straight
  • November 10, 2014 | Author: Lori R. Semlies
  • Law Firm: Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP - White Plains Office
  • Having presented many in-service lectures to the hospitals and nursing homes I defend, it has become apparent that the medical staff members best learn how incomplete and inconsistent documentation can be exploited by plaintiffs’ attorneys, and cost an otherwise defensible case.

    Most medical professionals have not experienced the misfortune of having to testify at a deposition or at trial. Those who have, consistently describe it as one of the worst experiences of their careers, or lives. Even the most conscientious chart keepers squirm in their seats when confronted with a careless mistake in an entry in a patient’s medical record that can bring into question their personal ethics.

    A demonstration to the staff about how easy it is to humiliate a witness based on such carelessness is an effective way to encourage and remind them to be more careful about their documentation.

    Click here - http://www.mcknights.com/order-in-the-court-and-in-providers-legal-learning-session/article/318563/ to read an observer’s account of a Mock Trial I conducted along with a client at LeadingAge National’s annual conference in October 2013.