From the operating room to the courtroom: Why one neurosurgeon became a medical malpractice lawyer


After a line drive shot straight into the right hand of Lawrence Schlachter, MD, and shattered bones, his career as a neurosurgeon was over. But Dr. Schlachter's new career as a medical malpractice attorney was just beginning.

At the time of the accident, Dr. Schlachter was 52 — older than most when they enter law school. He has now been practicing law on behalf of patients for a dozen years, and he says those years in the court room lend him a new perspective into the medical world, according to an interview with ProPublica.

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