All Knucklehead Day Award Fourteen
Our fourteenth winner is Charles E. Gibson III of Ridgeland, Miss.. He gets the award for the following.
A Mississippi plaintiff lawyer sued the wrong physician in a medical liability case, but the doctor says he's the one paying the price.Gibson is a prime example of why many Americans think of lawyers as absolute scumbags. He sued the wrong doctor and continues to fight? Where was there taught in law school. Charles E. Gibson III won't get his pound of flesh from Dr. Stewart, but he will get today's fourteenth Knucklehead award of the Day. Proudly put that on your wall.
Court documents show that Lawrence E. Stewart, MD, a McComb, Miss., otolaryngologist, was confused with his deceased father, Edsel F. Stewart, MD. His father was an obstetrician/gynecologist who practiced in the same town. He died in 1999.
The younger Dr. Stewart said he didn't think twice when he was first served with a lawsuit in 2002. It alleged that he prescribed the nasal spray Stadol to Sarah N. Ratliff and neglected to inform her of the drug's addictive risks.
"I didn't really worry about it because I had a pretty ironclad defense: I didn't even treat this person and never prescribed this drug before," Dr. Stewart said. "I was pretty sure I was going to win this."
Dr. Stewart said he had been wrongfully sued before in a flurry of class-action pharmaceutical lawsuits filed just before Mississippi enacted tort reform to curb the mass litigation. In the past, it usually took no more than a phone call or written notice to resolve the mistake. But this time, "neither phone calls, nor letters, nor notarized affidavits to the court helped," Dr. Stewart said.
Instead, he spent the next year defending himself because plaintiff attorney Charles E. Gibson III of Ridgeland, Miss., failed to drop him from the case voluntarily. Because Dr. Stewart's medical liability insurance policy had a $10,000 deductible, he was forced to pay $6,100 of his own money to cover the cost of dismissing himself from the suit. He won a preliminary victory in 2004, when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi granted his request and ordered Gibson to pay his legal fees.
But Dr. Stewart's battle isn't over.
Gibson, who did not return calls for comment, is appealing the award to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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