FROM THE BOQ: BUSINESS, POLITICS AND ETHICS #27

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If, while surgically removing a lump from your cheek, your doctor inadvertently cut a nerve and caused one side of your mouth to be paralyzed, would you sue?  Imagine you have a good case, but the surgeon is without insurance and will have to personally pay any settlement.

Quite a grim scenario!

I would hate to sue, but I would have to sue–whether the surgeon had insurance or not.

In most jobs, mistakes don’t ruin people’s lives.

But in some they do.

And the job of a surgeon is one of these–a surgeon cannot afford to make mistakes.  One mistake made by a surgeon is too many. 

So the surgeon in this scenario should never be able to practice again.  That’s the first consideration–that this would not happen to any other patient.

And I would have to sue the surgeon in order to pay for treatment–particularly physical therapy. 

But frankly I’d rather die in surgery than be injured in such a way that I would be disabled indefinitely.

As much as we all fear death–there are far worse experiences than death.

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