• “Avoiding the Malpractice Snare: Documenting Suicide Risk Assessment."
  • November 25, 2010
  • Law Firm: The Law Offices of Skip Simpson - Frisco Office
  • When clinician negligence causes damage to patients, those patients and their families deserve to have their complaints heard and their problems addressed. That’s a role Skip Simpson has. When the clinician's work is misunderstood in the process of malpractice litigation, such as through poor documentation, things get complicated at best. At worst, this can lead to a second tragedy—an erroneous verdict or unduly high settlement against the caregiver(s). Skip Simpson spends considerable time trying to improve mental health care and the communication that is so important to it, by teaching psychiatry residents about documentation and by writing articles such as this. This column should dispel forever the old myth, still taught in some training seminars, that detailed documentation should be avoided because “lawyers can hang you with it.”