Who represents the defendant doctor?
Insurance companies will assign a defense lawyer to represent a defendant physician. It’s my opinion after having done this for more than 25 years that there’s a real conflict of interest with that system, however. For example, the insurance company assigns a defense lawyer to represent the doctor, and the defense lawyer bills the insurance company for the hourly bills and attorneys’ fees. If the insurance company were to settle cases quickly, the defense lawyer would not be able to bill the file. It’s been my experience, and it’s my opinion only, that these cases end up taking way longer than they should oftentimes because the defense lawyer wants to continue billing the insurance company for additional work on the case.