When selecting an attorney to represent you in your personal injury claim, remember that a poor decision could put you in a position where you never recover your full and complete harms and losses. One good decision to make, however, is to avoid attorneys who want to refer you to a doctor with whom they routinely do business. While there may be times when a referral to a doctor is needed and acceptable, it is important to know whether the attorney and the doctor are doing “business” together. In other words, do the attorney and doctor routinely refer clients to one another in order to line their own pockets?
It is the client that is hurt by these lawyer-doctor relationships because their claim can be affected in a very negative way. It is very likely that if your attorney is recommending a doctor or chiropractor with whom he or she has a business relationship then he or she probably has no intention of going to court for you if your case cannot be settled. Instead, the attorney likely will attempt to pressure you to accept a low offer so he or she can avoid court at all costs. Why? Because the attorney knows that insurance companies keep very detailed records and can easily determine if a lawyer and doctor work together on most or all claims. This working relationship would likely be revealed at trial, and this tends to make the jury question the doctor’s ability to be impartial about the patient’s care.
However, sometimes these cases do get to trial, and the client’s credibility can be damaged when it comes out that the attorney and the doctor are working together. The defense attorney will paint a very dark picture of lawyer and doctor working in concert to milk additional money out of the claim and that the client is just part of the scam. As a result, the judge and jury will question all treatments and procedures that a client received, and it is possible that all harms and losses will not be recovered from a judge or jury who is already skeptical of your injury claim.
So what can you do to ensure your attorney is making a legitimate referral to a doctor? You need to ask questions about the lawyer and doctor’s relationship. If a lawyer evades answering or gets angry about the questions you are asking, it may be a red flag that something unfavorable is going on and that he or she may not be the right attorney for you.
Ty Wilson is an Atlanta auto accident lawyer and is dedicated to helping the injured and their families. Call his office today at 866-937-5454 to order 10 Secrets of Georgia Car Wreck Claims. This FREE book will help to give you and/or your loved one a solid foundation about Georgia auto accident claims, how to hire an attorney, and how to deal with the insurance company before you even speak to an attorney.