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Mr. Andrew Bell focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense. He has experience in all phases of the civil litigation processes at both the state …

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What Medical Providers should know about "Custom and Habit" Testimony

"If it wasn't charted, it didn't happen." Most medical providers have heard the adage, but is it true? Due to the realities of practicing medicine, health care providers are occasionally unable to document each and every aspect of their care within the medical record. What's more, a medical provider's recollection of a given patient's care can fade by the time a lawsuit is filed. So how might a nurse, mid-level, or doctor handle an aggressive Plaintiff's attorney who questions how, in the absence of documentation and recollection, a provider can nevertheless testify that a certain type of care was provided? Some providers can rely on their "custom and habit" to explain how they treat similar patients under a specific set of circumstances. In other situations, like Szekeres v. Mary T. Riggs, however, "custom and habit" testimony can be inadmissible. More ›

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