|April 2008 · Vol. 20, No. 04
FOCUS ON PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY
Playing high-stakes poker: Do you fight—or settle—that malpractice lawsuit?
The decision usually isn’t clear-cut. Here’s what you need to know to make matters come out favorably.
A consent-to-settle clause—or its omission—is usually established contractually at the beginning of coverage
Carrying a very high policy limit can make you a more appealing target for a lawsuit
Any payment—even $1—is reportable to the National Practitioner Data Bank, whether it is for a judgment or a settlement
If you develop a reputation for settling every case, your medical liability rate may climb—or you may lose coverage altogether
Dr. Segal, a neurosurgeon, is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Justice Services, Inc, of Greensboro, NC.
The author reports no financial relationships relevant to this article.