The first chapters review the definition of adverse events from many perspectives, the emotional and psychological reactions of physicians, the period of anticipating the lawsuit, and then the litigation itself. Each stage of the subsequent litigation is expertly explained in subsequent chapters, including the process of the complaint, the reactions to being sued, retention of attorneys, coping with the stress of litigation, and the complex processes of discovery, settlement negotiations, and trial. For physicians unfamiliar with the law, these sections are invaluable. The book concludes with an overview of the medical, legal, insurance, and practice consequences of malpractice litigation. The authors then offer recommendations to physicians to help them move forward after the case ends.