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Medical Justice Founder and CEO, Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD, Medical Justice General Counsel, Michael Sacopulos, JD, and many guests discuss modern medico-legal threats to physicians. Opening and closing music written and produced by Grammy award winning artists: Lili Haydn and Itai Disraeli (performed by The Service Cats).

The information presented on this site is for general educational purposes only. It is not specific medical or legal advice. Nothing on this site should be construed as establishing a doctor-patient or attorney-client relationship.

It’s All in the Delivery: Breaking Bad News to Patients – How To Do It (Part 2)

No one likes delivering bad news. But delivering bad news is a reality most doctors must navigate every day. Doctors who learn to do it well can carry patients through the most difficult days of their lives. Doctors who do it poorly wreak havoc. Dr. Anthony Orsini, an experienced neonatologist and creator of The Orsini Way, has mastered the art of delivering bad news. We spoke to Dr. Orsini at length. His insights are invaluable. Dr. Orsini hosts his own podcast, Difficult Conversations: Lessons I Learned as an ICU Physician, on his website, The Orsini Way. Contact Dr. Orsini via his website, The Orsini Way, or via email at drorsini@theorsiniway.com.


It’s All in the Delivery: Breaking Bad News to Patients – How To Do It (Part 1)

No one likes delivering bad news. But delivering bad news is a reality most doctors must navigate every day. Doctors who learn to do it well can carry patients through the most difficult days of their lives. Doctors who do it poorly wreak havoc. Dr. Anthony Orsini, an experienced neonatologist and creator of The Orsini Way, has mastered the art of delivering bad news. We spoke to Dr. Orsini at length. His insights are invaluable. Dr. Orsini hosts his own podcast, Difficult Conversations: Lessons I Learned as an ICU Physician, on his website, The Orsini Way. Contact Dr. Orsini via his website, The Orsini Way, or via email at drorsini@theorsiniway.com.


EP 47: The New Business Intelligence Platform Changing The Way Aesthetic Practices Do Business

Terri Ross is a world-renowned aesthetic consultant. She understands the business side of medicine viscerally – she’s lived in that world for 15+ years. And as an aesthetic consultant, her financial health is tied directly to the financial health of her clients, so she’s got only one option: See that her clients excel.

Terri and her team at APX examine the overall health of a practice, identify where practices are making money, where they are losing money, and what changes practices must prioritize to grow.

The path to growth is rarely obvious – which is why Terri’s skill set is invaluable. On this episode of our podcast, Terri translates her years of experience into actionable insights every aesthetic practice must-hear.


EP 46: $30 Million Judgment. Patient Deceased. Surgeon Unable to Be in Two Places at Once. (Part 2)

The defendant surgeon was on-call. A patient with a gunshot wound to the liver was rushed to the hospital. The defendant was in the middle of an elective hernia procedure and could not treat the wounded patient. When the surgeon finished his first elective case, he began another scheduled elective procedure. When contacted by the hospital staff, the surgeon suggested they find someone else to perform the surgery. The injured patient died. The payout? $30 million. How did this happen? Is there more to this story?


EP 45: $30 Million Judgment. Patient Deceased. Surgeon Unable to Be in Two Places at Once. (Part 1)

The defendant surgeon was on-call. A patient with a gunshot wound to the liver was rushed to the hospital. The defendant was in the middle of an elective hernia procedure and could not treat the wounded patient. When the surgeon finished his first elective case, he began another scheduled elective procedure. When contacted by the hospital staff, the surgeon suggested they find someone else to perform the surgery. The injured patient died. The payout? $30 million. How did this happen? Is there more to this story? Here’s what doctors need to know…

This episode explores Part I of this case. Part II will be released soon.


 EP 44: A Doctor’s Trip to Cyber-Hell and Back: Surviving Ransomware and Data Breaches (Part 2)

Ransomware is a virtual pandemic. Doctors train their staff to filter suspicious messages and encrypt devices loaded with sensitive information. Despite these precautions, breaches are inevitable. Some cost doctors hundreds of dollars per patient. And breaches almost always impact large volumes of patients. With that in mind, overnight bankruptcy is not an exaggeration. Cyber liability coverage provides a cash cushion, and there are other best practices doctors MUST follow.


EP 43: How Powerhouse Law Firm ByrdAdatto Protects Doctors with NO Hourly Billing (Part 2)

Michael Byrd and Brad Adatto are partners at the ByrdAdatto law firm. ByrdAdatto is a legal powerhouse in the healthcare niche. Michael and Brad understand doctors viscerally. Not only because of their training and client-base but because they are children of physicians. 

Today, we discuss what doctors need to know to protect themselves from expected and unexpected medico-legal mayhem – and why smart doctors with good intentions end up in prison.

Every doctor is exposed to different medico-legal risks. The law as it pertains to medicine is rarely black and white. ByrdAdatto guides doctors through the black, the white, and the grey with expert counsel.

And the best part? They do all this with NO hourly billing. Michael Byrd and Brad Adatto host their own podcast – the Legal 123s with ByrdAdatto. Listen and subscribe on your favorite podcast platforms like Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle, and YouTube.


EP 42: How Powerhouse Law Firm ByrdAdatto Protects Doctors with NO Hourly Billing (Part 1)

Michael Byrd and Brad Adatto are partners at the ByrdAdatto law firm. ByrdAdatto is a legal powerhouse in the healthcare niche. Michael and Brad understand doctors viscerally. Not only because of their training and client-base but because they are children of physicians. 

Today, we discuss what doctors need to know to protect themselves from expected and unexpected medico-legal mayhem – and why smart doctors with good intentions end up in prison.

Every doctor is exposed to different medico-legal risks. The law as it pertains to medicine is rarely black and white. ByrdAdatto guides doctors through the black, the white, and the grey with expert counsel.

And the best part? They do all this with NO hourly billing. Michael Byrd and Brad Adatto host their own podcast – the Legal 123s with ByrdAdatto. Listen and subscribe on your favorite podcast platforms like Apple PodcastsSpotifyGoogle, and YouTube.


EP 41: A Doctor’s Trip to Cyber-Hell and Back: Surviving Ransomware and Data Breaches (Part 1)

Ransomware is a virtual pandemic. Doctors train their staff to filter suspicious messages and encrypt devices loaded with sensitive information. Despite these precautions, breaches are inevitable. Some cost doctors hundreds of dollars per patient. And breaches almost always impact large volumes of patients. With that in mind, overnight bankruptcy is not an exaggeration. Cyber liability coverage provides a cash cushion, and there are other best practices doctors MUST follow.


EP 40: Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Teaches Prevention and Treatment of Clinical Violence in YOUR Medical Practice (Part 2)

Don Robinson is a retired FBI crisis negotiator. He knows conflict. The medical practice is no stranger to conflict (or violence), which is why every doctor MUST heed Don’s wisdom. He’s translated his experiences in counterterrorism, organized crime, and narcotics investigation into an invaluable, trainable skillset for doctors. His goal? Train doctors and their staff in the art of crisis management. Reducing clinical violence by even a modest percentage could save hospitals millions, reduce burnout, and save lives. Violence against healthcare works is an epidemic. Don’s skillset is the cure. Listen to the first part of our conversation now.

Visit Don’s website to download his white paper on preventing clinical violence in your medical practice

Contact Don Robinson:

Website: https://clinicalsecurity.org/

Phone: 1-888-705-1007

Email: info@clinicalsecurity.org


EP 39: Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Teaches Prevention and Treatment of Clinical Violence in YOUR Medical Practice (Part 1)

Don Robinson is a retired FBI crisis negotiator. He knows conflict. The medical practice is no stranger to conflict (or violence), which is why every doctor MUST heed Don’s wisdom. He’s translated his experiences in counterterrorism, organized crime, and narcotics investigation into an invaluable, trainable skillset for doctors. His goal? Train doctors and their staff in the art of crisis management. Reducing clinical violence by even a modest percentage could save hospitals millions, reduce burnout, and save lives. Violence against healthcare works is an epidemic. Don’s skillset is the cure. Listen to the first part of our conversation now.

Visit Don’s website to download his white paper on preventing clinical violence in your medical practice

Contact Don Robinson:

Website: https://clinicalsecurity.org/

Phone: 1-888-705-1007

Email: info@clinicalsecurity.org


EP 38: Doctor Indicted in Money Laundering Scheme Involving Non-Approved Drugs

Dr. Rahim Shafa and his office manager, Nina Shafa operated the Novel Psychopharmacology Clinic. They are both 62. And they were both indicted in an international money laundering scheme involving non-approved drugs. They have been accused of purchasing these substances from a vendor outside of the US, taking strategic measures to disguise the substances once they made it stateside. The indictment suggests they had been at it for at least 10 years. What possessed the couple to take such a risk so late into their careers? And what can doctors learn?


Guest Episode: Preventing Lawsuits, Dealing with Curbside Consults, and Avoiding Other Legal Land Mines – Dr. Jeff Segal

Dr. Segal is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is also a practicing lawyer! On this episode of the Scope of Practice podcast, Dr. Segal chats with Dr. Brent Lacey. Listen to more episodes of the Scope of Practice Podcast on Dr. Lacey’s website

Medical Justice is a physician-based organization focused on keeping doctors from being sued for frivolous reasons. Dr. Segal also founded eMerit to help doctors protect and preserve their reputations – particularly online.

Dr. Segal has established himself as one of the country’s leading authorities on medical malpractice and online reputation.


EP 37: Prescribing the Most Regulated Drug in America: Human Growth Hormone and the Law

Human growth hormone is considered the most regulated drug in the United States. Authorized uses are extremely limited – which is why it is critical doctors of all specialties understand when the drug can be prescribed and when it cannot. Doctors specializing in age medicine must pay especially close attention. The legal consequences of getting this wrong are severe. Bodybuilder and internationally recognized “steroid lawyer” Rick Collins, JD, is our guide on this whirlwind tour of this controversial substance. Don’t miss it. 


EP 36: Steroid Lawyer Reveals What Doctors NEED to Know About Prescribing Performance Enhancing Substances


Rick Collins is a bodybuilder. Rick is also an internationally recognized legal authority in the fields of testosterone, anabolic steroids, and other performance-enhancing substances. He is the original “steroid lawyer.”

Doctors prescribe all types of medications, including performance-enhancing medications – assuming they are medically indicated. Performance enhancing is more than excelling at a sport – it’s about feeling better, looking better, recovering faster, feeling youthful, etc. Doctors who prescribe these medications NEED to understand what the law allows and does not allow. Get this wrong, and you’ll burn. Rick Collins is your “fire-fighter.”  Here’s what doctors need to know…


EP 35: Doctor Murders Doctor: The Bloody History of Medical Licensing in the US (Part II)


These men were like father and son – until an organized effort to regulate the practice of medicine drove one doctor to murder the other. Most of us can’t imagine a world where the practice of medicine in the US is unregulated. But until the late 1800s, that was the American reality. Professor James Mohr, the author of the fascinating book, Licensed to Practice: The Supreme Court Defines the American Medical Profession, takes us on a wild two-part ride through the past no doctor should miss.


EP 34: The Surgeon Who Appeared in Traffic Court by Zoom During Surgery. Hear the Real Story. From Him.

Dr. Scott Green is a talented plastic surgeon trapped in a 21st-century media storm. Dr. Green received a traffic ticket. Because of COVID restrictions, he appeared in traffic court via Zoom after successfully completing the salient portion of his patient’s surgery. His fellow was closing. A faulty Zoom connection created a false narrative that Dr. Green was careless and cavalier. This judgment is both false and unfair.

How do we know? We spoke to Dr. Green ourselves. Every doctor needs to hear his side of the story. Why? What happened to him could happen to any of us. Listen to his story…


EP 33: Doctor Murders Doctor: The Bloody History of Medical Licensing in the US (Part I)

These men were like father and son – until an organized effort to regulate the practice of medicine drove one doctor to murder the other. Most of us can’t imagine a world where the practice of medicine in the US is unregulated. But until the late 1800s, that was the American reality. Professor James Mohr, the author of the fascinating book, Licensed to Practice: The Supreme Court Defines the American Medical Profession, takes us on a wild two-part ride through the past no doctor should miss. Our podcast has the details…


Guest Episode: How to Keep Lawyers from Circling Your Aesthetic Practice with Teri Ross

Expert Practice Management Consultant, Founder and CEO, APX by Terri Ross and Terri Ross Consulting sit down with long time friends Dr. Jeff Segal, to discuss all things legal. Dr. Segal is a board-certified neurosurgeon who trained at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Segal also graduated from Concord Law School with highest honor and is a partner at the Byrd Adatto law firm. Listen in as they discuss common oversights, keeping lawyers from circling your practice, and the top questions YOU asked such as “If a patient prepays for series of treatments, but never shows up… can I keep the money?“. Join us to learn the answer, and so much more about how to keep your practice compliant, and thriving!

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EP 32: Med Spas: Cash Cows, or Multi-Million Dollar Landmines? (Part II)

We resume our roller-coaster discussion with Alex Thiersch, JD, Founder and CEO of the American Medical Spa Association. Here’s the reality: Many highly skilled and well-intentioned doctors working in or operating medical spas are slammed for medico-legal oversights. We identity the legal challenges that are closing doors and reveal what actions doctors can take today to neutralize the worst outcomes. 

If you work incurrently operate, or are considering opening a med spa, this podcast is a must-listen… 


EP 31: Med Spas: Cash Cows, or Multi-Million Dollar Landmines? (Part I)

What do you do when you see a massive, multi-billion-dollar industry developing right before your eyes – only to find out it is largely operating illegally? If you are Alex Thiersch, JD, Founder and CEO of the American Medical Spa Association, you jump into that space and start working out the regulatory pathways required to make that multi-billion-dollar industry operate safely, profitably, and legally.

Many doctors working in or operating med spas are getting thrashed due to legal oversights. Here’s what doctors need to know to protect their practices…


Episode 30: Las Vegas Couple Makes Killing Billing the Dead for Bullsh** Medicaid Expenses


Dead men tell no tales – so they can’t report you to the federal authorities for money laundering and Medicaid fraud. Before ultimately getting caught, this couple used their ill-gotten gains to finance a penthouse condo, a sports car, a cellar packed with fine wine, and a private jet.  How the hell did they pull this off? How did they get caught? And what lessons can doctors learn from this kind of criminal activity? Our podcast has the details. Don’t miss it.


Episode 29: When Hannibal Lecter is Your Patient.

A violent criminal was pursued by police. Backed into a corner, the criminal killed the advancing canine unit and jumped from a building. He was severely injured in the fall and treated at a local hospital. There, the criminal became a patient. He was monitored by a female guard. He was left unrestrained and attempted to escape, stabbing the guard with a shank. The result? Lots of blood. And a negligence case. Really.

Why was this patient not restrained? How much liability falls on the shoulders of the hospital? The patient (criminal)? The guard? This case is a fascinating, violent mess.


Episode 28: Armed Conflicts in the Practice, Violent Threats, and Suicide Prevention – Former FBI Agent and Police Sergeant Teach Doctors How to Prevent the Worst. (Part 2)

We continue our two-part discussion with Kathy Leodler (former FBI) and Paul Leodler (former police sergeant) of the Rampart Group.

Concealed weapons in the medical practice – where to begin? Is it possible to balance the protection firearms provide with the risks they create? And how should doctors react when a patient (or employee) with a history of extreme behavior (and a sizeable gun collection) threatens violence – or suicide? Most patient interactions are conflict free. But not all of them. Some can be deadly. And if it is predictable, it’s often preventable.

Before we get into the show, here’s a quick message from Resolve – a physician contract review company.

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Episode 27: Violent Patient or Employee? Active Shooter? Former FBI Agent and Police Sergeant Teach Doctors How to Prevent the Worst. (Part 1)

Kathy and Paul Leodler run the Rampart Group, a security consulting and investigations company. Kathy Leodler is a former FBI agent who retired after a distinguished 23-year career. Paul Leodler served in local law enforcement for 16 years and has over 40 years security and investigative experience.

They have assisted many doctors. They’ve seen it all. Angry patients. Family members who are exploding – metaphorically. Employees who want the practice to know who’s the “real boss.” They understand security at the highest level – including security nuisances to crises specific to medical practices. Most patient interactions are conflict free – but not all. Some can be deadly. Preparation is key. Here’s what doctors must know…

This episode of the Medical Liability Minute is sponsored by John McCarthy, co-founder of Physician Tax Advisors, and his team of CPAs have a combined total of over 60 years of experience helping physicians save money. Doctors have full plates already – and taxes just add stress.

Get the help you need and save money while you’re at it with Physician Tax Advisors.  

This firm is physician-family owned and works exclusively with physicians to lower their tax bills. By specializing in physician finances, John and his team have helped many physicians with high student debt decide if they need to file their taxes jointly with their spouse or separately. 

We ran the numbers and know that working with John just makes sense. Check them out at www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/CPA

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Episode 26: Patient Blinded and Doctor Blind-sided by Referral Gone Bad. Who’s to Blame?

An ophthalmologist determined his patient required the attention of a niche specialist. Fortunately, such a qualified specialist practiced next door (literally). Flash forward: The patient was rendered partially blind. And the cherry on top? The specialist next door did not take the patient’s insurance. A suit resulted.

Questions abound: How much research is the doctor obligated to perform prior to referring a patient? How can doctors reduce risk to themselves (and their patients) when making a referral? And what are the chances this could happen to you?

This episode of the Medical Liability Minute is sponsored by Physician Wealth Services.  Physician Wealth Services is a fee-only financial planning firm devoted to the financial well-being of physicians. Ryan Inman, founder of PWS and creator and host of the Financial Residency Podcast, developed a sense of responsibility to help physicians with their financial goals after witnessing how vulnerable his wife was to poor financial advice during her residency. To work with Ryan so that you can feel more in control of your money, contact him and his team at www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/physicianwealth

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Episode 24: Surgeon Slammed by NFL Star. When Celebrity Patients Sue Doctors. 

An orthopedic surgeon operated on an NFL star athlete. When the athlete experienced a bad outcome, he blamed the surgeon for prematurely ending his career. When a patient’s lost earning potential can be measured in the tens of millions, how can doctors protect themselves from catastrophic settlements?

Most doctors would jump at the chance to operate on someone famous. But star-power can cut.

Here’s what doctors must keep in mind when caring for celebrity patients…

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Guest Episode 3: I’m a Doctor: What Will a Medical Liability Mitigation Advisor Do For Me?

Huh? What’s that? Malpractice is a large and expensive part of what doctors have to face in today’s medical landscape. By establishing this relationship ahead of time with an advisor, you can head off a lot of problems before they become really big problems.

Our colleagues at the Paradocs podcast discuss how Medical Justice works offensively against the parties bringing lawsuits against member doctors.


Guest Episode 2: Lessons from a Neurosurgeon-Attorney-CEO

Dave Mandell, partner at OJM Group and host of the Wealth Management for the Modern Physician podcast, discusses, business, medicine, and wealth management with Medical Justice Founder and CEO, Jeff Segal, MD, JD. Listen and subscribe to future episode of the Wealth Management for the Modern Physician podcast here: https://www.ojmgroup.com/wealth-planning-for-the-modern-physician-podcast/


Guest Episode 1: Have You Heard of HIPAA’s Angrier Cousin, TCPA?

Here’s what doctors must know: Texting a patient (without proper written authorization) can result in a $500 penalty. Per text. With no caps. Doctors who text patients without written permission risk ruin. Legislation known as the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) dictates stiff penalties specific to texting and privacy violations. 

The good news: The enclosed podcast, produced by our colleagues at the Insight Marketing Group (and featuring Medical Justice Founder and CEO, Jeff Segal, MD, JD) will teach you how to protect yourself from the worst outcome. Need help addressing TCPA compliance? Schedule a free consultation with Medical Justice Founder and CEO, Jeff Segal, MD, JD.


Episode 23: A Storm is Brewing in the Med-Mal World. 

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A storm is brewing in the med mal world – and one of the best professionals to educate us on the gathering clouds is Teddy Gillen. Who is he? Teddy is a principal at EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants. He’s been in the med-mal space his entire career. He has a gift for turning medical malpractice insurance, a subject most perceive as dry and dreary, into a whirlwind narrative that is fascinating and informative. Doctors frequently call us after a crisis has hit. If you spend even a modest amount of time with us today, you’ll walk away with wisdom that will help guard you against the worst med-mal outcomes.

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Episode 22: America’s Leading Voice on COVID Speaks from the Frontlines. 

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Dr. Roger Seheult is arguably America’s leading voice on COVID-19.  He is a pulmonary and critical care doctor treating COVID-19 patients on a daily basis. His website, MedCram, has released over 100 videos on COVID-19. His YouTube channel has over 800,000 subscribers. MedCram’s content has been cited regularly as one of the most credible and accurate sources of COVID information available.

We spoke with Dr. Seheult about his experiences caring for patients on the frontline. And we discuss it all – victories, setbacks, emerging vaccine candidates, and potential treatment options.

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Episode 21: E.R. Doc Sued After Dousing Patient’s Laceration with Pesticide. Who’s to Blame? 

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A patient was rushed to the E.R. after a lawnmower lacerated his forearm. Sitting on the counter was a product called CaviCide. What’s CaviCide? An industrial strength pesticide. Absolutely not for human use. Which, of course, is precisely why the attending physician and his nurse sprayed it repeatedly into the patient’s gaping wound.

How did this happen? Why was an industrial strength pesticide present in the treatment room? And why did the jury deliver a defense verdict? It’s a complicated case.

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Episode 20: Missiles in the OR. Patient’s Eyeball Pierced by Flying Needle. Who’s to Blame?

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A 30-gauge needle pierced a patient’s eyeball during an elective procedure. The patient was advised all was well and sent home. She returned a short time later with rapidly deteriorating vision. She was ultimately rendered blind. Was the surgeon at fault? Or was his scrub tech to blame? It’s a complex case.

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Episode 19: Every State Determines Brain Death Differently. Really.

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What does it mean to be dead? You’d think the answer to that question is binary. You are, or you are not dead. But the fact is every state in the US determines death differently. And the subtle differences can have major consequences for doctors and their patients.

On this episode of the Medical Liability Minute, we discuss brain death with Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD. Professor Pope is one of the world’s leading experts on medical law and clinical ethics. We are privileged to have Professor Pope as our guest on this episode of the Medical Liability Minute.

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Episode 18: Asset Protection and Wealth Creation for Doctors – Protect Your Nest Egg from COVID-19 with Medical Justice and the OJM Group

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The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world on its head – both in terms of our health and our finances. On this episode of the Medical Liability Minute podcast, Medical Justice Founder and CEO, Jeff Segal, MD, JD, discusses asset protection strategies for doctors with David Mandell, JD, MBA. The objective? Help doctors protect their nest eggs during these turbulent times.

David Mandell is a partner at the OJM Group, a multi-disciplinary wealth management firm. What distinguishes them? Their focus on physicians. The OJM Group has worked with over 1500 physician clients in 48 states. David Mandell is an author and renowned authority in the fields of asset protection and general wealth management. We are privileged to have him as our guest on this episode of our podcast.

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Episode 17: Family Practitioner Treats Patient for Depression While Sleeping With His Wife on the Side

It is not uncommon for patients to develop romantic feelings for their caregivers. Managing these emotions is critical. When these emotions are mismanaged, bad outcomes often result.

A family practice doctor was treating a husband and his wife for an assortment of challenges. To make a long story short – the patient’s wife (who was also the doctor’s patient) fell in love with him.

Did this development resolve healthfully? If it did, we wouldn’t be discussing it. What can we learn?

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Episode 16: A Prescription for Humanity in Medicine

Neurosurgeons (and surgeons in general) have a reputation for being cold. Deserved or not, the stereotype has stuck. Dr. Joseph Stern argues embracing humanity in medicine is the key to combating burnout and improving patient outcomes. He speaks from his own experiences and makes compelling arguments.

We are privileged to have him as our guest on this episode of the Medical Liability Minute…

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Episode 15: Combating Sexual Harassment in Healthcare: Protecting Your Employees, Your Patients, and Yourselves


It is critical doctors take steps to protect their staff, their patients, and themselves from sexual harassment. These cases often rear their heads without warning. Many doctors have the power to do more than they realize. Those caught unaware pay a high price. 

On this episode of the Medical Liability Minute, Medical Justice Founder and CEO, Jeff Segal, MD, JD, and Medical Justice General Counsel, Mike Sacopulos, JD, discuss key measures doctors can take to protect their employees, their patients, and themselves from sexual harassment.

They do this by dissecting a real sexual harassment case from Tennessee…

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Episode 14: How to Have Your Day in Court and Keep Your Nest Egg | Top Med-Mal Defense Measures with Super Lawyer Chris Schulte, JD

Let’s pretend you’re on trial for malpractice. The jury delivers a runaway verdict – a 5 million dollar judgement. You have a 1 million dollar malpractice policy. You could be on the hook for the 4 million dollar difference – but because you and the plaintiff agreed to invoke a certain kind of agreement, your nest egg is untouched. And you get to keep your house.

What is this agreement? And what other key strategies can doctors invoke to protect their interests before, during, and after a trial?

Listen to this episode of the Medical Liability Minute to find out…

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Episode 13: What Doctors Get Wrong About Med-Mal Litigation | A Deep Dive with Florida Super Lawyer Chris Schulte, JD

On this episode of the Medical Liability Minute, Medical Justice Founder and CEO, Jeff Segal, MD, JD, and Florida Super Lawyer, Chris Schulte, JD, discuss what most doctors get wrong about medical malpractice litigation – and what they can do to increase the chances they’ll get their case dismissed or prevail in court.

Chris Schulte, JD, is a seasoned medical malpractice defense attorney from Tampa, Florida.

We are privileged to have him as our guest on this episode of the Medical Liability Minute…

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Episode 12: A Doctor’s Greatest Nightmare. Indictment. Prison. Then the Road to Redemption.

Dr. Roy Shelburne was, by all accounts, living the dream. He was leading a successful dental practice. He was providing high-quality care to patients who otherwise would’ve gone without. And he was serving a community of friends and family.

In 2003, the FBI kicked down his door. Over the next few years, his every word was scrutinized. A few years later, he was indicted and found guilty of healthcare fraud, racketeering, money laundering, etc.

Now he teaches others how to avoid fatal mistakes. We are privileged to have him as our guest on this episode of the Medical Liability Minute…

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Episode 11: Making Primary Care Cool Again with Dr. Josh Umbehr and Atlas MD

Dr. Josh Umbehr is a leader in the DPC (Direct Primary Care) movement. Briefly defined – it is prepaid primary care. And it is revolutionizing primary care across the country.

On this episode of the Medical Liability Minute, Dr. Umbehr and Dr. Segal discuss multiple topics: the DPC movement’s history, its impact on patient outcomes, and what doctors can do to participate…

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Episode 10: Asset Protection Planning for Physicians: A Prescription for Peace of Mind

We spend our careers caring for our patients and providing for our families. But how often do we stop to protect what we’ve earned? Not enough – which is a problem. It’s much easier to protect what you’ve earned than to earn it again. And catastrophes can divorce you from the assets you trust to keep your loved ones financially secure. 

On this episode of the Medical Liability Minute, Dr. Segal collaborates with Asset Protection Attorney Ike Devji, JD. Mr. Devji is one of the country’s leading authority on asset protection strategies for physicians…

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Episode 9: Gadolinium Deposition Disease: The Litigation Tsunami No One Sees Coming 

There’s a litigation tsunami on the horizon. If you order any MR imaging studies, you will want to hear more. Including how to mitigate the risk. Gadolinium is a contrast agent. Each year, about 30 million MR scans are performed. 1/3rd use contrast.

The newly described diagnosis is called Gadolinium Deposition Disease. It was described only recently in clinical journals. Even today, the diagnosis is controversial.

But, the lawsuits have started.

First up, lawsuits against manufacturers/distributors of gadolinium contrast agents. Chuck Norris (and his wife) are some of the plaintiffs. These are being propelled in MultiDistrict Litigation (MDL) by a small number of attorneys.

For those attorneys left out, they are starting to target healthcare systems, radiologists, and doctors who ordered such studies.

On this episode of the Medical Liability Minute, Dr. Segal interviews Dr. Benjamin Harvey, Director of Quality Improvement, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Learn about Gadolinium Deposition Disease. Is it real? Is it just litigation theatre? If you order even one MR with contrast, learn how to mitigate the legal risk of being caught in the snare. 

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Episode 8: Missing Toes & Shotgun Lawsuits – Why Throwing Colleagues Under the Bus Never Pays


The subject of this week’s podcast is a podiatrist. The podiatrist was scheduled to treat a patient suffering from a fungal infection in his toenails. The problem – the patient didn’t have any toes…

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Episode 7: Trolling for Litigation – Why Staff Chaperones Will Save Your Skin

If a patient’s reported symptoms are grossly incongruent with your objective examinations, you might be looking at a red flag. Such was situation the subject of our podcast found himself navigating. The patient (female) alleged his the doctor’s examination was so brutal, it aggravated her existing condition. The patient’s husband, who claimed to have been in the exam room at the same time, verified this was true. But the physician’s employee, who was also present during the examination, told a different story. Jeff and Mike discuss…

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Episode 6: Consent Vs. Informed Consent – How Should Doctors Communicate Risk to Patients?

If surgeons told their patients everything that could go wrong during a procedure, only the most courageous would consent. That said, doctors must set appropriate expectations. Patients must have an adequate understanding of the risks. These conversations are memorialized in consent forms.

But even after a doctor obtains a patient’s consent, some will still allege they did not comprehend the innate risks. These outbursts typically accompany bad outcomes. What is the difference between consent and informed consent? And what is the optimal way for doctors to communicate the level of risk to their patients? Jeff and Mike discuss…

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Episode 5: Belly Dancer Sues Belly Dancer – What to Do When a Patient’s Family Perpetuates a Frivolous Lawsuit

Patients aren’t always the party responsible for perpetuating a frivolous claim. Sometimes the patient is perfectly happy with the care you’ve rendered – it’s his family that wants to pick the fight. Such circumstances require the patient to declare loyalty to one side or the other. Spoiler alert – his doctor rarely come out on top. But there are steps doctors can take to diffuse these delicate situations before sparks start to fly…

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Episode 4: Patients Bamboozled by Big Bills: How Much Care is Too Much Care?

Malpractice accusations fly when patients feel they’re denied the standard of care. In an attempt to douse firecrackers, some doctors prescribe superfluous tests. The purpose of said tests is to alleviate anxiety. But whatever good-will they facilitate is dashed when the patient receives his bill. On top of that, these tests generate unnecessary costs while providing little or no insight into the patient’s health.

Doctors know even menial tests present a small amount of risk to the patient. And if the amount of menial tests performed is not menial, then neither is the level of risk. On this week’s episode of the Medical Liability Minute, Jeff and Mike dig into all that can (and will) go wrong when patients are subjected to unnecessary testing…

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Episode 3: Avoiding Bad Outcomes When Selecting Interpreters for Deaf Patients

Deaf patients require interpreters fluent in sign language. Federal law mandates you provide one. The defendant in today’s episode provided his deaf patient with someone beyond adept in sign language – a member of his staff who happened to be the mother of a deaf child. And yet – when treatment ended, a lawsuit was served.  It alleged the patient was not provided with a qualified interpreter and experienced a sub-optimal outcome as a result. 

Could anything have been done to avoid this end? Jeff and Mike discuss…

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Episode 2: Fueled by Fear: Why Scared Patients Will Always Find an Attorney

Meritless malpractice cases are propelled by emotions. Most are products of greed, confusion, and misinformation. Physicians must not underestimate the role fear plays in such cases. Scared patients and predatory attorneys are drawn together like magnets. The 2012 New England Compounding Center meningitis outbreak created a lot of scared patients. And numerous malpractice claims. Not every claim was warranted, though. Today, Jeff and Mike dissect two malpractice claims that were inspired by fear, not medical neglect. How can physicians protect themselves from “trigger-happy” patients during such outbreaks? And what can physicians do to assuage a patient’s fears?

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Episode 1: From Vietnamese Re-Education Camp to Med Mal Courtroom

In our debut episode, Jeff and Mike discuss an important topic: How to navigate the fallout that inevitably follows the death of a patient. A patient’s death can conjure “long lost relatives”, along with their attorneys. Experience has taught us if they smell blood in the water, they’ll bite. What can physicians do to protect themselves from family members who want to pursue frivolous litigation?

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