Losing Proposition: One doctor's experience with the litigation system. She describes it as something akin to character assassination. Which it is, if you think about it. The purpose of our court system (at least in the tort arena) is to provide a neutral arena in which air and solve disagreements. But with liability cases, it not only ends up being used as a weapon, but also causing damage to reputations. How many doctors out there are paying higher malpractice insurance premiums because they've been unjustly sued - even once. Even when there was no real harm done, but only a complication from a procedure that's known to happen in a certain percentage of cases (as in this case)? This doctor isn't being unusually sensitive. The repurcussions of a malpractice suit go on and on - even if the doctor wins.