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Comment and Controversy

A case of winning the battle vs the war?

June 2006 · Vol. 18, No. 6

A recent letter to the editor (April) described a legal case in which the plaintiff’s attorney agreed to withdraw the suit after discovering that the plaintiff had been negligent in not seeking a mammogram. In exchange, the physician agreed not to countersue. This kind of agreement sends the wrong message: that it is OK to do sloppy diligence and to use a shotgun approach to attack physicians in the medical malpractice arena. I agree that this case represents a win of sorts, but it also represents a loss.

Albert Mall, MD
Johnstown, Pa

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