The team of lawyers at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, were once medical practitioners that served in healthcare facilities. The attorneys have experienced it all – the hectic schedule of medical shifts, procedures and surgeries, the handling of healthcare paperwork, and the use of medical terminology. As doctors, the passion they had for helping their patients extended beyond the improvement of physical health. The desire to aid their patients on another level of the medical field inspired them to obtain a degree in law to become MD-JDs.
The Reason: Defending Patients
As the attorneys studied law in the medical field, their knowledge and experience expanded, providing them with the skills needed to assist their patients further. As MD-JDs, the lawyers could now fight for the rights of their patients and help them gain the compensation they deserved when it came to medical malpractice.
Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, focuses their specialty on medical malpractice cases that involve cerebral palsy. The birth injury lawyers combine their experience in the medical field with their understanding of law to successfully represent their clients.
The Pros and Cons of MD-JDs
Since the 1980’s, the number of doctors-turned lawyers has increased significantly in the United States. Compared to regular lawyers, MD-JDs know the ins and outs of all aspects of the medical field, which they can apply to their cases. MD-JDs can handle medical malpractice cases through their strategy, analysis and research using their previous experience as doctors. Attorneys that do not have a medical background may not be able to perform case management as well as MD-JDs can because they do not have an insider’s perspective on healthcare issues.
One disadvantage to having a profession as an MD-JD is that the call for action to helping their patient financially is to sue other doctors, which sometimes happens to be their former colleagues. An MD-JD that might have worked side by side with another doctor will have to file a lawsuit against him or her because it is the only approach to helping the client achieve a settlement. Many doctors come to dislike MD-JDs due to such legal circumstances, but the lawyers at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, do not let that stop them, especially when a large amount of their clients are small children who are victims of medical negligence.
The Increase of Doctors-Turned-Lawyers
Despite the downfall of having to sue other doctors, the profession of MD-JDs continues to grow and is a decision that is becoming more popular. The lawyers of Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, have helped numerous clients achieve the care that their children need, as well as financial freedom and peace of mind. Parents who feel or suspect that their child is a victim of medical malpractice can consult with a birth injury lawyer at the firm for free. The attorneys continue to represent victims of medical malpractice, which involves issues such as misdiagnosis, surgical error, brain injury, anesthesia mistakes and more.