No good deed goes unpunished.



A southeast Kansas physician was approached by a former medical school classmate for assistance in obtaining a medical license under a program known as a preceptorship. The physician agreed to precept or tutor the former classmate without charge in hopes that the former classmate would be able to join his busy practice after obtaining a license. However, the next few months showed that the former classmate would not meet the standards the physician required for his community and the hope for future employment dissipated. Nonetheless, the physician completed the preceptorship and his former classmate obtained a Kansas license.

As no good deed goes unpunished, the physician’s former classmate then sued the physician and his practice alleging a breach of some employment agreement and seeking damages of $440,000.00 per year for the following two years. The physician retained Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC to defend him and his practice against the lawsuit. Attorney Derek Casey chaired the defense of the claim.

The case was tried to a jury. During the course of trial, Derek was able to show the jury that the former classmate failed to provide any services during the course of the preceptorship and had actually caused friction between the physician and the local hospital where he provided services due to the amount of time required to facilitate the preceptorship. Derek was also able to reveal, through cross-examination, that the plaintiff, despite having received a medical license as a result of the preceptorship, had made no effort to obtain employment since the conclusion of the preceptorship. The testimony of one of the plaintiff’s own witnesses, under cross examination, disclosed that if the plaintiff tried, employment as a physician was available that day. The jury found the plaintiff lacking in credibility and returned a verdict in favor of the physician in less than 10 minutes.

It is tragic when good deeds result in hardship, but Triplett Woolf Garretson, LLC is always prepared to defend its clients. 

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