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My name is Dan Harwin. I’ve been handling medical malpractice cases for 20 years. And in fact, my very first day practicing as a lawyer, I handled and took the deposition of an expert in a medical malpractice case. Ironically, I actually started working for insurance companies. So for the first few years of my practice, I defended doctors and hospitals. And that actually gave me incredible insight into how insurance companies and hospitals think, how they defend cases, the really critical points for them, and what’s important to them when they’re evaluating the case and when they decide what’s important for them to settle the case. I think what’s sort of interesting about what I do as a plaintiff’s lawyer is that I actually come from a family of physicians. My father is currently a practicing physician. My grandfather was a physician. So I was around medicine my entire life. So coming from a family of physicians actually gave me incredible insight, really, into the way that the practice of medicine should be. I grew up watching my dad speak with other physicians over the weekends, at night, in the morning, I really got a flavor for the way that medicine should be practiced. And I now take that and really understand, when there are communication breakdowns, when a physician doesn’t take the time to call another doctor about a patient. It’s really that history that I have that drives me, because I know the way that medicine should be practiced, and it’s important for me to hold physicians and hospitals to that same standard.

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