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Is physician's former employer guilty of breach of contract?

Like many physicians around the country, Florida doctors often work for medical or surgical groups. As part of their employment, they negotiate and sign employment agreements that include salary and benefit information along with the physician's duties and responsibilities. If either side fails to perform as outlined in the contract, the other party may file a breach of contract suit.

A doctor from a northeastern state claims that his employer failed to provide him with certain benefits outlined in his contract and misrepresented his earnings. The physician signed a contract with a medical group in 2000. He worked for Med-Surg Group for over 13 years. During that time, he was supposed to receive certain benefits that included malpractice tail insurance, cafeteria services and auto expenses. He alleges these benefits were never paid and cost him $85,000 of his own money.

The current owner of the West Virginia medical group claims that she is not required to honor the physician's contract, which was signed by her husband. He was the owner of the practice at the time the contract was signed. One of the first hurdles in this case may be asking the court to make a determination regarding the validity of the agreement.

Reports did not indicate how the business allegedly defrauded the physician on the issue of earnings. The physician is asking the court to determine the amount of damages to which he is entitled. As would be the case in a Florida court, it is the responsibility of the doctor to prove the allegations of his breach of contract lawsuit to the court before it will consider the issue of damages.

Source:, Doctor sues medical group for breach of contract, misrepresentation, No author, Jan. 21, 2014

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