Turning A Negative Into A Positive, The Medical Justice Story
I am a board-certified neurosurgeon who was sued one time for what I perceived to be a frivolous reason. The single expert who testified against me had been expelled from our professional society for delivering frivolous testimony. This expert had never performed or even observed the specific technique in question.
At the time I was practicing in Indiana, a state that embraced substantive tort reform years earlier. Nonetheless, I was in the crosshairs. After two years, the case was dismissed a few weeks before trial. But, I never felt as if I won anything. I just felt as if I lost less. I learned I was in good company. Many have been sued. Few talk about it.
Beyond the age of 40, I quit my day job and started Medical Justice, a physician-based organization focused on keeping doctors from being sued for frivolous reasons. The organization now addresses an array of medico-legal threats and serves thousands of physicians nationwide. The single goal is to make it easier for doctors to practice medicine.
Migrating from a comfortable living as a neurosurgeon to the calculated risk inherent in the entrepreneurial world was not easy. Many lessons were learned. My session at the Medical Fusion Conference, "Physicians and the Legal System, the Story of Medical Justice", will focus on the story and these lessons --the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Take in some more information from Dr. Segal at the Medical Fusion Conference, November 5th throught the 7th at the Wynn confernce center in Las Vegas.