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Addressing the Stress of a Claim

Statistics show that it's very likely you will face an allegation of medical negligence at some point in your career. Couple this with the fact that once a claim is made, another typically follows.

Statistics show that it’s very likely you will face an allegation of medical negligence at some point in your career. Couple this with the fact that once a claim is made, another typically follows. 

Regardless, dealing with an allegation after you’ve done your best for your patient is emotionally stressful. There is even a term for this stress, it is called “litigation stress” or “Medical Malpractice Stress Syndrome (MMSS).”

The stress can manifest itself as: 

  • An inability to concentrate
  • An inability to cope with everyday tasks
  • Self-questioning of your overall clinical expertise

And, it can take a toll on:

  • Your relationship with your other patients
  • Your family
  • Your staff

We get it — and we want to make sure you are coping with the stress associated with the allegation. That is why we are now providing our policyholders with access to a professional emotional wellness counselor who will help them deal with the situation.

For more information, contact our Claims Advice Hotline.  

Reference

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, "Dealing with Litigation Stress Syndrome"

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