Monday, January 11, 2010

Los Angeles Doctor Gets 5 Years For Injuring Cyclists -

Los Angeles doctor gets 5 years for injuring cyclists -

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Attorney Commentary: This is an example of how a physician's involvement in a non-health care related criminal offense can impact his license. This was a July 2008 crash where 2 cyclists were injured. The sentence was long since it came after a jury trial where the doctor was convicted and the doctor had a prior conviction for reckless driving involving a cyclist.

We handled a similar case where an attorney became incensed at a bicyclist, chased him down and hit him. Although the attorney was charged with a felony, we immediately reached a civil settlement with the cyclist and the charges were dropped against the attorney. This is a tougher case since there were a couple of cyclists involved.

This is a reminder for all professionals -- especially males where anger management issues can arise more quickly -- that making any physical contact with another person can jeopardize not only your liberty but your license. Walking away needs to be the motto for all professionals in any altercation unless there is a clear threat to your own danger or that of someone there.

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