Podcast Episode 51 – Preventing Lawsuits, Dealing with Curbside Consults, and Avoiding Other Legal Land Mines – Dr. Jeff Segal (Medical Justice)

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Episode 51 – My guest on the podcast today is Dr. Jeff Segal.  Dr. Segal is a board-certified neurosurgeon who is also a practicing lawyer!  He launched a company called Medical Justice in 2002. Medical Justice is a physician-based organization focused on keeping doctors from being sued for frivolous reasons. Dr. Segal also founded eMerit to help doctors protect and preserve their reputations – particularly online. 

Dr. Segal has established himself as one of the country’s leading authorities on medical malpractice and online reputation.  He also hosts the Medical Liability Minute Podcast where he shares wisdom to help coach physicians to avoid some legal land mines.  I’m pumped that he’s here on the podcast today to share some of that wisdom with us.  You’re going to learn a lot.  I definitely learned some things I didn’t know.  This is stuff that all physicians need to know, unfortunately.  There’s just no getting away from legal entanglements in your career. But, thanks to people like Dr. Segal, we should be well equipped to handle them. 

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Meet Jeff Segal and the Medical Justice Team!

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Dr. Segal is a board-certified neurosurgeon who trained at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Segal also graduated from Concord Law School with highest honors. He is currently a partner at Byrd Adatto law firm.

Dr. Segal launched Medical Justice in 2002. Medical Justice is a physician-based organization focused on keeping doctors from being sued for frivolous reasons. Dr. Segal also founded eMerit to help doctors protect and preserve their reputations – particularly online.

Dr. Segal has established himself as one of the country’s leading authorities on medical malpractice and online reputation.

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Show times

  • 00:00 – Introduction to the episode.
  • 01:17 – Subscribe to the podcast, and please leave a review!  
  • 01:30 – Join the Business and Personal Finance for Physicians and Dentists Facebook Group.
  • 02:56 – Introduction to Dr. Jeff Segal from Medical Justice.
  • 04:58 – Let’s meet Dr. Jeff Segal, founder of Medical Justice.
  • 06:50 – How did Dr. Jeff Segal transition from a clinical career as a neurosurgeon to start Medical Justice?
  • 09:42 – We’re going to talk to Dr. Jeff Segal about avoiding legal “landmines.”
  • 10:31 – The “curbside consult” can get us into trouble.  We want to help people, but have to protect ourselves.  Be wary of doing this without seeing the patient.  Dr. Jeff Segal even recommends documenting that conversation.
  • 13:30 – The Medical Justice team sees physicians get burned by not documenting things properly.  Document, document, document!!!
  • 15:24 – “If it’s not documented, it hasn’t been done.”  Dr. Jeff Segal says that’s not quite true, but the better the documentation, the easier your defense.
  • 16:45 – How do we prevent ourselves from being sued?  The Medical Justice team suggests that it starts with patient selection.  Don’t accept a patient that talks about other physicians being “terrible doctors.”  Get your staff to help you out.
  • 18:48 – Dr. Jeff Segal says that we need to communicate effectively with our patients if we want to avoid being sued.
  • 22:26 – Should we really give our patients our cell phone numbers?  Dr. Jeff Segal thinks so.
  • 23:07 – What do we do when we get sued?  Get in touch with your malpractice insurance carrier.  First, DON’T PANIC!!
  • 26:15 – Preparing for the deposition is going to be critical.  Get a lawyer to help you out.  
  • 30:30 – How do we select the right attorney for us?  Medical Justice and Dr. Jeff Segal suggest getting the right mix of intense/aggressive and assertive/considerate.  Ask other attorneys for a recommendation.
  • 31:47 – Dr. Lacey shares some of his personal experience.
  • 32:50 – When does it make sense to settle and when should we fight the case?  It’s a really tough call.  Dr. Jeff Segal walks through the pros and cons of each option.
  • 39:15 – Sometimes it makes sense to settle quickly and get out of the crosshairs.
  • 42:38 – What are some tips that Medical Justice can offer for winning a malpractice case?
  • 46:40 – The more specific you can be with your documentation, the better!  There’s no such thing as a pristine record.  
  • 54:15 – How can we connect to Dr. Jeff Segal, Medical Justice, and the Medical Liability Minute?
  • 56:25 – Summary of the episode.
  • 57:15 – This week’s free resource is a guide called “Writing Your CV.”
  • 59:00 – Signing off!

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