Napa, California—September 4, 2013—What a physician experiences when facing a malpractice claim involving a sympathetic case with potentially high exposure is detailed in a video released today by The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.
The video, the third in a series that showcases actual claims, features Malkeet Gupta, MD, MS, an emergency room physician with Antelope Valley Emergency Medical Associates, Inc., in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Gupta discusses the claim that was made against him after he treated a pregnant woman who complained of a lower urinary tract infection without any signs or symptoms of pre-term labor. The next day, the patient delivered a severely impaired baby and subsequently filed a lawsuit, in which Dr. Gupta ultimately prevailed.
The video also features Dr. Gupta’s claims specialist, Mark Savoie, regional assistant vice president, claims, The Doctors Company, who notes that this was a difficult case because there was a lot of sympathy involved for the baby and its mother. Dr. Gupta’s attorney, James C. Schaeffer, JD, of Boyce Schaeffer, LLP, in Oxnard, California, adds that while this could have been a high-exposure case, The Doctors Company was willing to take the financial risk in defending its member who wanted to go to trial.
“We don’t just insure physicians, we defend them, relentlessly,” said Laura Curtin, vice president, claims compliance officer, The Doctors Company. “If one of our members decides to go to trial, we will support this decision and provide the physician with the most aggressive defense in the industry.”
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