An auto accident attorney represents all kinds of people. Even doctors. Often, physicians are not particularly enamored of attorneys. Many doctors resent being held accountable by lawyers for medical errors. Indeed, the physician’s lobby has often argued for “tort reform.” By tort reform, they really mean “denying compensation to victims of medical malpractice.”
But how do physicians react when THEY are the victims of, say, a careless driver. From what I have seen, they don’t advocate tort reform then. Indeed, they can be rather quick to call an auto accident attorney.
AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEY WINS $635K FOR SURGEON HIT BY OTHER DOC
A recent example of this phenomenon occurred at Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Khan, a general surgeon, was walking in the hospital parking garage. He was struck by an SUV. The driver of the SUV was Dr. Kahn, an orthopedic surgeon. (I’m not making these names up. It was Khan vs. Kahn.)
Did Dr. Khan react by screaming “tort reform”? I don’t think so. Rather, Dr. Khan hired an auto accident attorney and sued Dr. Kahn.
Dr. Khan suffered a torn meniscus in his knee. He would require a total knee replacement. (I wonder if Dr. Kahn performed the surgery.)
Dr. Kahn fought the case in court. It took over two years from the date of the accident to settle. The case only settled shortly before a scheduled trial date. Dr. Khan’s auto accident attorney obtained a $635,000 settlement.
So I guess whether you are for or against “tort reform” depends on whose ox is being gored. Or whose knee is being mangled.
If a doctor is victimized by someone else’s carelessness, the doctor should certainly be able to obtain compensation. But when a physician is the one who carelessly injures someone else, he should not be above the law.