The Doctor’s Advocate | Second Quarter 2016 Case Studies
What to Expect from Litigation: Dr. Wuest’s Perspective
Each quarter, we highlight one member’s personal experience in facing a malpractice claim. Hearing peers discuss the emotional impact of being sued and the support they receive throughout the litigation process provides valuable information to any physician who might become the target of litigation.
This quarter, we feature Thomas K. Wuest, MD, MMM, an orthopedic trauma surgeon in Eugene, Oregon, who was a defendant in a medical malpractice suit involving a man who fell over 20 feet from a utility pole and sustained multiple injuries. Dr. Wuest was called in by his partners when they experienced problems obtaining union with the distal humerus fracture. During surgery, the radial nerve was partially injured. The patient alleged malpractice. Dr. Wuest worked with his attorney and The Doctors Company claims specialist to provide a strong defense where he connected with the jury. In the end, the jury exonerated him.
In this compelling video, Dr. Wuest discusses how “being sued is a lonely feeling” and how it took time for his feelings to return to normal—so that he did not view each patient as a potential litigant—after the experience. He was glad to have The Doctors Company by his side during that trying time.
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