Litigation is a predictable hazard of practice of medicine in the U.S. Yet because there is no preparation for dealing with it, litigation stress is a common and probably underreported trigger for physician depression and suicide.

Litigation Stress Management information and resources can be found at MDMentor

Here is a self assessment tool to determine whether you are suffering from malpractice associated stress.  Print a copy.

The story of Dr. Philip Ticktin, whose suicide was prompted by an unethical expert witness in a frivolous case.

Dr. Lawrence Grey, the "Vas Doctor" who dedicated his life to reversing vasectomies with a technique he developed, commits suicide after malpractice verdict for which his company became liable.  Error likely was committed by prior surgeon. "It wasn't personal", said plaintiff.

CBS News giant Mike Wallace's first depression was triggered by litigation stress.