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Episode 039: From Witness to Defendant

October 26, 2018

Dan Himmelberg, SVMIC Assistant Vice President of Claims, and Brian Fortenberry discuss a closed claim in which a patient suffered an aneurysm after having an appendectomy. The patient's surgeon, who had been an expert witness in other cases, was taken to court himself, where he defended his care of the patient during over 8 years of legal proceedings.


Show Notes

"Successful Defense of Surgical Judgment” by Dan Himmelberg

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

Dan Himmelberg

Dan Himmelberg is an Assistant Vice President, Claims with SVMIC. Mr. Himmelberg graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a BES degree with an emphasis in Chemistry and Natural Science. After working several years he furthered his education and obtained his JD from Vanderbilt University – School of Law. He then practiced with a defense law firm in Columbia, MO before joining the SVMIC claims department in 2000.

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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