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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    A malpractice lawyer's perspective

    This book is fascinating and frustrating. It gives a very good insider's look at what I do -- which is sue doctors in big damages cases almost exactly like this one. It is fascinating because of the way the book successfully balances and tells the story from both sides. The description of the bargaining strategies of the two sides may seem looney to an outsider, but this is exactly how it goes. Years of delay with a sudden move to resolve the case on the eve of trial. The description of the role of expert witnesses is also on point. Frustrating is the way that some obvious points are unwittingly (deliberately for dramatic effect[?]) brushed aside. For instance, much is made of whether the 'deep pocket' hospital can be kept in the case. But with the hospital's nurses and midwives seeing mom in the clinic and handling the delivery and with violations of hospital protocols all around, what was ever the problem? And since when is an insurance company ever 'stuck' with an expert's opinion -- especially when it's the plaintiff's expert. Don't like an opinion? Get a new expert. All-in-all, however, a very informative book which will keep you going until the end.

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