Damagesby Barry Werth
When Donna Sabia went into labor on April 1, 1984, she was expecting healthy twins. Instead, one baby was stillborn-and the other just barely clung to life. Caring for their son would exhaust the Sabias emotionally, financially, and physically, and put a nearly lethal strain on their marriage-but after deciding that a lawsuit might bring them some relief, they discovered that what it brought was a seven-year-long maelstrom of conflict, stress, and further expense. This examination of the Sabia family's story brings us not only into their lives but into the lives of the doctors, lawyers, insurance carriers, and countless other players in this heartrending tale of human sorrow which is also, in the words of The San Francisco Chronicle, "a disturbing biopsy of a system in serious need of an overhaul."
Here is the book that A Civil Action fans have been waiting for. "Deserves to be read and thought about and discussed by people on all sides of the complex and often ugly collisions of law and medicine." (New York Times Book Review)
"Fascinating and detailed... Damages makes excellent reading...a great book and not just for doctors and lawyers. Anyone who enjoyed Jonathan Harr's A Civil Action will enjoy Damages." -Journal of the American Medical Association
"In the same league as Jonathan Harr's masterpiece, Civil Action." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Richly detailed...a gripping, page-turning story...revealing and troubling." -Kirkus Reviews
--Praised for its "meticulous detail" (San Diego Union Tribune), Damages is already being used in law-school courses
--A timely, serious, evenhanded book that gives a human face to the health-care crisis
--Takes readers behind the scenes of both the legal and medical professions
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 6.12(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.02(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Barry Werth is an award-winning journalist and the acclaimed author of six books. His landmark first book, The Billion-Dollar Molecule, recounts the founding and early struggles of Vertex. Werth’s articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and GQ, among others. He has taught journalism and nonfiction writing at Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Boston University.
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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.