The Doctor’s Advocate | Second Quarter 2015
What to Expect from Litigation
Our commitment to protecting the practice of good medicine extends to delivering information that matters to doctors. During our most recent reader survey, members asked for more case studies, so we’ve created a unique video series featuring members speaking candidly about their litigation experiences.
In our featured case study, an 18-year-old man presented to Dr. Jeffrey D. Johnson, a family physician in Corpus Christi, Texas, for pain treatment after being the victim of an assault. The patient claimed he had not been adequately treated for pain in the emergency department and requested a refill of his Xanax prescription. Noting trauma and defensive wounds consistent with an assault, Dr. Johnson prescribed hydrocodone. He also wrote a gap prescription for Xanax. The patient took fatal doses of both medications, and his parents filed a medical malpractice suit. Dr. Johnson asserted that the patient was responsible for how he took the medications, and the jury agreed.
Hear how Dr. Johnson was supported by his defense attorney and claims representative—all part of The Doctors Company’s relentless defense.