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Episode 032: The Malpractice Essentials

September 07, 2018

Jim Smith, with 36 years of experience in the medical professional liability insurance business, helps us understand medical insurance and what it means to be a part of a mutual insurance company. Join host Brian Fortenberry as they break down MPL and all that goes with it.


The contents of this Podcast are intended for educational/informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Policyholders are urged to consult with their personal attorney for legal advice, as specific legal requirements may vary from state to state and/or change over time. All names have been changed to protect privacy.

About our Guest

Jim Smith

Jim Smith is Senior Vice President of SVMIC. Mr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University in 1975 and earned the CPCU designation from the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters in 1989. Jim’s career began as a claims adjuster with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Prior to joining SVMIC, Jim served in various Underwriting and Claims positions rising to the position of Vice President, Underwriting. In 1991, Jim was recruited by State Volunteer Mutual as Vice President of Underwriting, where he has been since. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2012. Mr. Smith served as a member of the Underwriting Section of the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA) from 1990 to 2009, and was its chairman from 1993 to 2001. He is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), and briefly served on its Industry Review Panel.

About our Host

Brian Fortenberry is Assistant Vice President of Underwriting at SVMIC where he assists in evaluating risk for the company and assisting policyholders with underwriting issues. He has been involved with medical professional liability insurance since 2007. Prior to his work at SVMIC, Brian worked in the clinical side of medicine and in broadcast media.

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