From: Placer County CA
ORIGINAL: Cap Mandrake
One day before my scheduled deposition as an expert witness, there was a settlement. One can only conclude they were afraid of me. <puffs up chest..likely to be insufferable for 24 hrs or so until I forget what I was on about>
Damn, you too...Last week I spent 2 hours on the phone getting interrogated/deposed by the plaintiff's malpractice attorney; this morning I get an e-mail from the defense team who "engaged my services."
"Dr. Moondawggie: The case has been continued indefinitely, and will not be going to trial; we expect it to be dismissed soon. Please send an accounting for your time and we will issue you a check immediately. Do not, (REPEAT DO NOT), do any additional work regarding this case."
So my group sent them a bill for 16 hrs @ $600/hr! Yay, team! Only, it all goes to our medical corporation, not me---that will teach me to volunteer for the good of the group ever again!
You know, Cap, maybe my attitude has been wrong about the immorality of malpractice litigation all these years; it's probably just society's way of providing justice to the wronged and downtrodden, and new BMWs for scholars who once published on an esoteric subject! We should view this as an opportunity for post-retirement income augmentation, It's clearly the noble thing to do for humanity and social justice, right?
Mandrake, "You da' Man!" Thanks for the Enlightenment!!!!
"The Yankees got all the smart ones, and look where it got them."
General George Pickett, the night before Gettysburg