Being involved in a lawsuit can certainly take a toll on the healthcare professionals and practitioners we serve, even when the process is working as it should. Not only can it be time-consuming, emotionally challenging, and disruptive, but it can take months or even years to resolve. There are, however, ways to minimize the psychological impact and manage the stress of litigation.
In this Video Think Piece, John Sly and Tony Breschi discuss a case they tried in which their physician client was experiencing emotional stress over the impending trial. He was well-prepared and knew the case well. But with trial looming, the prospect of testifying was provoking anxiety and uncertainty of the outcome was causing self-doubt. John and Tony took the following steps to manage their client’s litigation stress:
- Ensured he was well-prepared. Knowing the case and the defense themes well can help alleviate the stress of a lawsuit;
- Impressed on him that his trial testimony is the opportunity to tell his side of the story;
- Acknowledged the emotional impact litigation has on those involved;
- Advocated for ways to balance the demands of litigation with the physician’s wellness; and
- Encouraged teamwork and open communication.
Bottom Line: For lawyers, the litigation process becomes the norm. But for healthcare professionals and practitioners like you, the tensions of litigation can be a real concern. Your legal team should take the steps necessary to help you manage the stress of litigation.
If you have concerns about the emotional impact of litigation, please contact us. We’re here to help.