Medical Justice Founder and CEO, Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD, and Medical Justice General Counsel, Michael Sacopulos, JD, summarize modern medico-legal threats to physicians in 15 minutes or less. Opening and closing music written and produced by Grammy award winning artists: Lili Haydn and Itai Disraeli (performed by The Service Cats).


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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