Dallas Jury Awards Doctor $6.3 Million in Lawsuit Against Physicians' Group; Wrongful firing led to slander, breach of contract complaints

Apr 09, 2007, 01:00 ET from Rose Walker, L.L.P.

    DALLAS, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A Dallas County jury has ordered a
 physicians' group serving Presbyterian Hospital to pay a local doctor $6.3
 million in a defamation and breach of contract case.
     Dr. Neal Fisher was a shareholder in Dallas-based Pinnacle Anesthesia
 Consultants, P.A., which provides obstetric anesthesiology services to
 Presbyterian Hospital. Although Pinnacle would advertise as being "in-
 network" for all major health care plans, it had in fact adopted a business
 plan of intentionally being "out-of-network" for its services. By billing
 out-of-network, Pinnacle collected higher revenues than it would have by
 matching patients with in-network doctors.
     Dr. Fisher repeatedly voiced concerns about the practice. After this,
 Pinnacle accused him of abusing alcohol and drugs, and made false
 accusations about the doctor's administrative and medical abilities.
 Pinnacle then fired Dr. Fisher even though it had no proof of the charges
 and in fact believed most of them to be false.
     To prove the charges baseless, Dr. Fisher voluntarily submitted to drug
 and alcohol testing of samples of his blood and hair, through
 Presbyterian's own Impaired Physician Program. Though Dr. Fisher passed
 every test, Pinnacle neither apologized nor offered him his job back. His
 lost job and damage to his reputation cost him millions in lost income.
     "To see a doctor's good name and livelihood damaged in this manner is
 stunning," says Marty Rose of Rose Walker, L.L.P., in Dallas, who
 represented Dr. Fisher at trial. "With the jury's verdict, Dr. Fisher can
 begin the process of trying to rebuild his life and his practice, and we're
 grateful for that."
     The trial was heard in Judge Carl Ginsberg's 193rd Civil District Court
 in Dallas.
     "The jury has spoken and has totally vindicated Dr. Fisher," says Mike
 Richardson of Rose Walker, L.L.P., who also represents Dr. Fisher. "I'm
 happy for him and his family, and his patients, who were harmed by all of
 this as well."
     Rose Walker, L.L.P., is a premier trial law firm, focusing on complex
 civil litigation. The firm represents businesses and individuals, and its
 many major courtroom victories have helped Rose-Walker earn a national
 reputation for excellence.
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     For more information on the case involving Dr. Fisher, please contact
 Mark Annick at 214.559.4630 (office), 214-213-1754 (mobile) or

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