Lawyers are (probably) people too, and they get injured like the rest of us. I made a comment a while back on Kevin, MD (which I’m too lazy to search for right now) that, IMHO, lawyers are reticent to announce that they’re lawyers in the ED.
A few months ago saw a patient with a small laceration on a digit; after a digital block I left to do something else, then returned once the finger was good and numb to close the wound. I like to chat with patients during suturing; it is mildly distracting to the patient, and me (suturing is dull after the first thousand lacerations or so):
The conversation, as I remember it:
- me: So, how’d this happen, again?
- pt: Caught it between a dresser and the wall; I’m moving (out of state).
- me: Aah. Moving for a new job?
- pt: No, same job, different headquarters; kind of a promotion.
- me: Good for you. What do you do?
- pt: …I’m a lawyer…an Oil and Gas Lawyer, I don’t do any medmal.
That last part shot out of the patient’s mouth so fast, and loud, the patient in the cubicle across the hall started laughing.
We both laughed mutually, at the humor of the discomfort of his statement, and that his reaction caused laughter in others.
The finger was closed, and that was the end of the interaction, but it was amusing. And I probably won’t be sued by an Oil and Gas lawyer; at least, not by him directly.