DRI Annual Meeting
From Advocate to Advisor: Ethical Considerations for Attorneys in Early Case Resolutions
Communication and Resolution Programs (CRPs) are an emerging form of conflict resolution in healthcare intended to settle claims of medical negligence without resorting to litigation. CRPs have produced compelling evidence thus far that seems to support an ethical and business case for proactively disclosing medical negligence, mediating disputes after unexpected patient injuries, and making early offers of fair compensation when patients are harmed by preventable mistakes. While these programs are currently most common in the healthcare setting, they could be used broadly in many other contexts as well. This session will cover ethical considerations for attorneys advising clients on how to conduct difficult conversations with potential claimants.