Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Medical Justice Celebrates Five Years Of Protecting Good Doctors Against Bad Lawyers

Although P.A.P.A. has made great strides in keeping the medical liability reform debate alive on both the state and national level, there is still much to be done before Pennsylvania and New Jersey tort reform becomes a reality.

Fortunately, Medical Justice, a P.A.P.A. strategic partner, has been effective in keeping thousands of physicians of all specialties from becoming victims of frivolous lawsuits. In some states such as Florida and Ohio, Medical Justice has sharply reduced the amount of targets upon which personal injury lawyers can prey.

This month, entrepreneur and board certified neurosurgeon Jeffery Segal, MD, FACS, and founder of Medical Justice Services, celebrates five years of relentlessly and successfully defending physicians against frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits-a defense that often includes taking the first punch.

With Segal's help, many physicians have begun to heal their ailing professions by taking off their surgical gloves and striking back against personal injury lawyers, unreasonable plaintiffs, and unethical expert witnesses who file frivolous medical liability lawsuits.

"The rise of medical malpractice cases has forced many doctors out of the operating room and into the courtroom," said Segal. "Win or lose, doctors who are sued for medical malpractice lose hundreds of hours to depositions, preparation, and time in court. In addition they pay a price in terms of their reputation and ultimately income. The impact goes far beyond dollars and cents as frivolous cases invariably cause a great deal of stress, anxiety, and depression. The ripple effects reach deeply into physicians' personal lives as their families are also caught up in the quagmire."

This is more than just theory to Segal. He endured the effects of just such a lawsuit, giving him an understanding of what many physicians in the country had already experienced. That frivolous lawsuit became the driving force that gave him an idea that, over the past five years, has kept thousands of physicians and their families from experiencing the same.

source : www.medicalnewstoday.com

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