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Insurance Defense Attorney Jobs – Work On Medical Malpractice Cases

Insurance defense lawyers are the types of lawyers that represent insurance companies, handling issues like disputes over liability and obligations. When you work in insurance defense attorney jobs, you serve two masters: the person or entity covered by the insurance policy and then the insurance company itself.

A medical malpractice attorney is one of the types of lawyers that falls within the insurance defense attorney jobs category. The two masters they serve are healthcare providers and the insurance companies that cover them.

Today’s guest, Andrew Kaplan, is a medical malpractice attorney at a prominent insurance defense law firm in New York. Andrew tells us all about being a medical malpractice attorney and explains that they go to court to defend a variety of healthcare providers when sued for negligence. Andrew says if you’re interested in litigation careers, you’ll get a true, hands-on litigation experience if you choose insurance defense attorney jobs.

 
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Today’s Guest

Andrew Kaplan, medical malpractice defense attorneyMedical Practice Defense Attorney Andy Kaplan
Title: Partner, Prominent NY Insurance Defense Litigation Firm
City: New York, NY
Law School: Brooklyn Law School in Brooklyn, NY
College: University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI
Videos: Andy’s Career Advice & Insurance Defense Law Careers
 

Medical Malpractice Attorney

A medical malpractice attorney might represent doctors, nurses, hospitals, or any other health care-providing entities being sued for negligence, which would be a deviation from an acceptable standard of care. This deviation can be done by act or omission and allow for monetary damages to be due to the injured party.

In these litigation careers, you’ll have insurance defense attorney jobs on one side of the fight and the personal injury lawyer on the other. Whichever side of the litigation you’re on, this practice area can get technical – so it’s important for both types of lawyers to enjoy and understand medicine.

 

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Luber: Hey everyone, today on JD Careers Out There we’re exploring insurance defense attorney jobs – specifically in medical malpractice defense litigation. It’s gonna be interesting stuff – so stick around! [theme song]

Alright, as you may already know, at JDCOT we explore career paths both in and out of law to help you find a career that fits you and help you succeed using your law degree.

I’m your host Marc Luber, the founder of JDCOT. I’ve always used my law degree to work in alternative careers for lawyers – first in the music industry and then as a legal recruiter. I’ve been helping lawyers with their careers since 2003 and I’m excited for the opportunity to help you.

Today’s guest is my old friend and college housemate, Andy Kaplan, a medical malpractice defense attorney and a Partner at a prominent insurance defense litigation firm in New York. Andy, welcome to JDCOT!

Andy Kaplan: Thanks Marc. Thanks for having me. Good to see you.

Luber: Andy, tell us all about what you do as a medical malpractice defense attorney.

Andy Kaplan: I represent hospitals, doctors, anyone who provides healthcare when they’re sued for negligence. It could involve anything in medicine.

Recently, I had a case where a patient had had a stroke and was taken into a hospital’s emergency room. He had what’s called an ischemic stroke; he had a blockage to a blood vessel to his brain. He was transferred to a hospital I represented.

He came in under their rehabilitation department’s care and during the course of his rehabilitation, he had a conversion of his stroke. That means his stroke changed from an ischemic stroke – this is probably very boring if you don’t know this stuff – but it converted from an ischemic to a hemorrhagic stroke, meaning he started to bleed into his brain and it worsened his condition and his prognosis.

During the course of this, he actually was brought by one of the nurse’s aides to the shower in the hospital. He had what’s called a syncopal episode – he sort of fainted or started to faint while he was having this hemorrhagic conversion, slid down in his hospital chair and two nurses had to pick him up and carry him back to his room. And then they did an MRI and they diagnosed the hemorrhage.

The case went to court because the family claimed that he fell in the bathroom, banged his head, that caused the hemorrhagic conversion and so the hospital was negligent.

We ended up trying that case and we proved through the use of the MRIs and expert testimony, that the hemorrhagic conversion actually proceeded the fall; he didn’t bang his head in the hospital bathroom and that this was a physiologic change, not the result of negligence of anyone at the hospital.

Luber: Interesting! OK. Wow!

Andy Kaplan: It can be very technical stuff.

Luber: Yes. I was going to ask that. So hemorrhagic conversion – now I assume you didn’t learn about that at law school and you’re not a doctor, right? You have no medical…

Andy Kaplan: I just play one at my office.

Luber: Ha, yeah, perfect. So then basically you’re learning all this stuff on the job, right? You’re learning all kinds of medical research through your job?

Andy Kaplan: Yeah, I tell a lot of young associates who are law students, “If you want to go into medical malpractice defense, you have to like the medicine as much as you like the law.”

Luber: Interesting stuff! I’m psyched for us to dig in deeper – there’s so much to cover here. You can all watch Andy and I go way more in-depth into insurance defense attorney jobs and med mal defense careers in the full version. Andy will share what it’s like to work in these litigation careers, who makes a good fit for this practice area, how to break in and what it takes to succeed.

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Thanks again for watching everybody. I’m Marc Luber and I’ll see ya soon.

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