You’ve been sued: Tips for defendant doctors

By David D. Teuscher, MD, and Douglas W. Lundy, MD

A lawsuit won’t go away—but here’s how you can deal with it

You were out in the garage packing implants for a medical mission trip to Kenya when the deputy drove up to serve you with the complaint. (This actually happened.) Immediately, your entire world turned upside-down. The normal homeostasis of your life shattered. You can’t think, your mouth is dry, your palms are sweaty, and closing your eyes doesn’t make it any better. Your shame races to the conclusion that you can’t tell anyone about this.

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