Editorial  |   February 2013
A Frightening Letter
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Ethics / Medicolegal Issues / Editorial
Editorial   |   February 2013
A Frightening Letter
ASA Monitor 02 2013, Vol.77, 4-5.
ASA Monitor 02 2013, Vol.77, 4-5.
When first viewed, the certified letter did not have much to bring itself to my attention, other than the fact that someone in my office had signed for it at delivery. Not until it was opened and I read the first page did I realize that I had just been served – I was being sued for medical malpractice. I still recall the shock that struck me then. When the significance of the summons sank in, I became anxious and the acid started to burn in my stomach. Despite practicing evidence-based medicine, I had become one of the 20 percent of Texas physicians who were involved in a medical liability suit.
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