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All the Justice You Can Afford

June 2, 2009
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One of the activities that I have been engaged in the last 6 months, while not working, has been to push forward on a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Some problems, though, occur along the way.  Our legal counsel pulled out because of a bar issue (the Bar had an issue with his hitting the bar and driving), so we are proceeding pro se (on our own).

In order to file, though, we have to present letters of merits from fellow physicians, which once you begin looking at the whole process, seems downright unfair.  I have to pay a medical professional anywhere from $1000-$5000 for her opinion on if there are enough merits to my case to be heard.  That is, I can’t even file without them.  These costs (which go up per professional) are usually fronted by the law firm, which hopes to recoup on the settlement.

But, what if someone is poor, or without counsel, or both.  We are.  We are also, effectively, barred from seeking redress in court.  Where is the due process?

I will keep you informed.

If you know of a physician who might provide an affidavit of merit, I would sure like to talk things over with her.

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  1. brokeharvardgrad permalink
    June 8, 2009 8:53 pm

    I have also recently posted on the campaign contributions to Michigan’s senators. I know it’s tough to believe, but Michigan senators’ campaign finances were dominated by medical industry groups, from insurers, to doctors’ organizations, to hospital groups. The Michigan senate was virtually elected by the medical industry.

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