Unfortunately, I found the legal world, or at least this part of it, a little distasteful. Our attorney was trying to trip up the plaintiff and make him look bad, and the plaintiff's attorney was trying to do the same to the hospital and its witnesses. What a way to live, trying to make people look bad. Our hospital has spent $30,000 to $40,000 on legal fees so far, and the plaintiff's attorney has racked up about $50,000 in charges and expenses, all for a case without any merit. No product has been made, and really no service rendered. It's a colossal waste of human effort.
It was almost surreal. Nobody seemed to want to hear the whole story. Both attorneys just wanted answers to their questions, no more, no less, and whether the whole truth came out or not didn't seem to matter.
This post is not meant as a broadside against the whole legal profession. I know that lawyers are necessary for our system of justice and that in many cases they do a great service for people. In this case, though, our legal system looked tawdry. I had to work in the hospital the evening after the second day of the hearing, and it was almost nice to have to work, to be out of the legal world. I was glad to be back on my own turf.