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Cooperative of American Physicians Releases From the Exam Room to the Court Room, a Compendium of Real-Life Lessons Learned from Medical Malpractice Cases

LOS ANGELES, December 17, 2020 – The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) has released From the Exam Room to the Court Room, a compilation of its most popular “Case of the Month” column over the past two years.

The “Case of the Month” is a featured column in CAP’s monthly member newsletter that examines real-life closed claims to find risk-management lessons for other physicians to learn from. The cases in this compilation focus on three main areas of liability, including physician misjudgment, gaps in communication and documentation, and oversights during physician referral.

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“We are living through the worst pandemic seen in a century, and the pressure on physicians has never been so high,” said Gordon Ownby, CAP’s General Counsel and author of the columns. “We are dedicated to protecting our member physicians, and all physicians, by arming them with tools that keep them in the exam room and out of the court room, and that includes offering them free, risk-reduction resources, like this compilation of some of our most popular ‘Case of the Month’ content.”

Complementing this guide, CAP is also offering access to a webinar titled: “Patient Safety beyond the Exam Door: Managing Your Medical Office and Staff” that physicians are able to download and watch/listen to at their convenience. The webinar is part of an ongoing series of programs offered to all California physicians to help them run their practices.

“By offering our members real-life examples of other physicians’ experiences, we are offering valuable lessons and advice that they can take with them and apply to their practices. Lawsuits are scary and stressful. By actively employing risk-mitigation strategies in your practice, physicians can be armed to best help their patients as well as avoid malpractice lawsuits,” continued Mr. Ownby.


About the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc.

The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP), established in 1975, offers superior medical professional liability coverage through the Mutual Protection Trust (MPT). MPT has earned an A+ (Superior) rating from A.M. Best since 2006. In 2013, CAP created the CAPAssurance, a Risk Purchasing Group, allowing hospitals, facilities, and large physician groups access to top‐rated liability coverage and risk management services. CAP now supports more than 12,000 of California’s finest physicians through offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, and Walnut Creek. CAP is licensed as a California surplus lines broker (License No. 0B72723). The insurance products provided under the CAPAssurance program are issued by a “non-admitted” or “surplus line” insurer that is not licensed by the State of California. For more information, visit