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EPs Fight Frivolous Lawsuits, Push for Tort Reform

December 2, 2012

Emergency Medicine News December 2009 – Volume 31 – Issue 12 – p 1, 7, 8 By: Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD, FACS Click here to read the full article

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Simple Steps to Protect Your Online Reputation

October 24, 2012

Today’s FDA, September / October 2012 By: Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD, FACS… (more →)

The Emotionally Labile Client; Duties – When A Client Threatens Violence

June 11, 2012

What happens when a client – a defendant – threatens violence? The pressure of litigation can push a defendant over the edge. Even professionals, who are calm under pressure, lose their cool. Once an attorney believes his client might embrace violence as a means to an end, what obligations, if any, are triggered? And is the attorney liable for his client’s violence?

Imagine this scenario: A seasoned medical malpractice plaintiff’s attorney accepts a client presenting with a marginal professional liability case. This attorney generally screens cases carefully. This case is attractive because he calculates significant damages. His enthusiasm is tempered by paltry evidence of a breach of standard of care or causation. On balance, it’s a weak case. The plaintiff’s expert has shaky credentials, but is ready make the case for liability.… (more →)

How to Answer Patient E-mails

May 15, 2012

A Google search for “Medical Malpractice Lawyers” yielded 21,600 results. The search took 0.24 seconds. Phone books, radio and television advertisements all offer lawyers ready to represent people injured by “medical negligence.” While some may argue that the pace of suits against physicians is slowing, many healthcare providers feel like a target for the plai… (more →)

Defensive medicine

May 6, 2012

Blood work, biopsies, MRIs, CT scans, stress tests, EKGs and sonograms. Eighty-two percent of doctors order more tests and procedures than are medically necessary — and almost on a daily basis — in fear of potential lawsuits.… (more →)

Guest column: Defensive Medicine: A Culprit in Spiking Healthcare Costs

May 2, 2012

Blood work, biopsies, MRIs, CT scans, stress tests, EKGs and sonograms. Eighty-two percent of doctors order more tests and procedures than are medically necessary — and almost on a daily basis — in fear of potential lawsuits.… (more →)

Defensive medicine spiking healthcare costs

May 1, 2012

According to a recent poll conducted by the Gallup organization, about one in four dollars spent in health care can be attributed to these tests and procedures that are clinically unnecessary.… (more →)