When we jointly coordinate defense, we have the highest likelihood of a defense verdict.
Harmonize, synchronize, mesh, organize and agree are common synonyms for coordinate. Collective, common, cooperative, united and joined are common synonyms for joint. HPIX’s joint and coordinated defense is unique in the medical malpractice insurance industry. It is often misunderstood, and its value is frequently overlooked. One can only realize the true value of this approach to claims handling by listening to a few of the antonyms for joint and coordinated. They are: separate, single, disjoint, uncombined, unrelated, alone and mismatch. They are all terms that a good plaintiff attorney loves to hear. Failure to employ a joint and coordinated defense strategy where multiple defendants or a hospital are involved, when ethically feasible and reasonable to do so, results in a huge disadvantage to the defendant and a major advantage to the plaintiff. “Fingerpointing” is a common element in multiple-defendant medical malpractice lawsuits, whereby each party strives for representation by their own attorney who looks after their own interest. This approach is not only flawed, but also ends most times with terrible results for the defendant and the malpractice insurance company. Our philosophy is smarter and more innovative; we actively coordinate defense among multiple defendants where ethically feasible. We do this in order to obtain a better result and intimate a united front against the plaintiff’s attorney, who is not expecting this approach.
Our results using joint and coordinated defense have proven to do the following:
- Lower loss costs;
- Spare physicians emotional stress;
- Discourage plaintiff’s attorneys;
- Achieve better results with hospitals; and
- Advocate for the physician.