Like most careers, medical malpractice lawyers don’t have as interesting of careers as prime time would have us think. Just like crime scene investigators and medical professionals, legal experts spend a lot of time doing humdrum paperwork and monotonous research. Even those that do see the light of the courtroom once in a while tend to litigate trials that beg them to drink more caffeine. However, if only all those medical dramas on TV were real, they would have more interesting and exciting cases, jobs, and lives.
If you know someone who’s nervous about an upcoming visit to the hospital — or especially anxious about having interns provide treatment — you should not let them watch this show! On the flip side, malpractice lawyers might just have J.D. style daydreams of such a setting! In this show, which aired on ABC from 2001-2010, the flippant, innuendo-prone interns (or “newbies,” as they’re not-so-affectionately called by the seasoned doctors on the show) provide pathetically amateur-level care. Sometimes they even decide who will get which patient based strategic planning that’s on the level of a round or two of rock-paper-scissors or thumb wrestling. With creative racial slurs like “Brown Bear” and plenty of public displays of affection behind and in front of closet doors, all types of attorneys might dream of finding a real-life version of this silly show.
This melodrama has glamorized the often-mundane setting of the Emergency Room for 15 years, and counting, on its NBC. Considering the HIPAA violations, alone, would have attorneys salivating. The number of family members sneaking into operating rooms and gallons of blood accidentally spilled would number in the thousands, if you added up all of them throughout this show’s long lifetime. By the time it finally breathed its last, the romances and breakups, never mind medical conditions of the ER staff, were climbing fairly high, as well.
While Scrubs and ER definitely have a lot to offer medical malpractice lawyers, this current prime time gem is even better. Fox is continuing to air this drama, for the eighth year in a row. The main character, which goes by the suitably esoteric name of “House,” is addicted to painkillers, for starters, which he uncharacteristically grovels for some of his colleagues to prescribe, when he grows desperate. Add to that, his unkind, uncouth, and unconventional ways of diagnosing and treating patients, and you have what would be a nightmare for hospital executives, to be sure. Med schools could actually use this doctor’s bedside manner and consultation tactics as shining examples of precisely what they’re not supposed to do. But as much as the medical community might frown upon this fiend, malpractice attorneys would love for a physician with his propensities to move into their communities — unless they needed medical care themselves, that is.
Even though the scenarios presented on these programs aren’t real, even medical malpractice lawyers can pretend once in a while.