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Introduction

Physicians' views of attorneys tend to be shaped by their fears of medical malpractice litigation. Physicians dislike plaintiff's attorneys and are often none too happy with attorneys in general. The result of this uneasy relationship is that physicians do not make effective use of legal services, and they may take unnecessary legal risks. When they do consult an attorney, their attitudes toward and preconceptions about legal services reduce the effectiveness of their representation.

The objective of this chapter is to help physicians understand the difference between the attorney-client relationship and the physician-patient relationship so that they can use legal services effectively.


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