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Don't Let Your Lawyer Direct Your Medical Treatment

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What's wrong with following your lawyer's advice and going to see his doctor? It could be the kiss of death for your case if you let your lawyer send you to a certain doctor because she is a "plaintiff's" doctor, that is, she will always be on the side of the plaintiff.

  • Jurors are very suspicious of lawyers in the first place. They are also very sucpicious of doctors who have frequent referral relationships with lawyers.
  • You may not know how many of your lawyer's clients have been referred to a particular doctor in the past year. The other side will know, the doctor and lawyer will know; you may be the only one who does not know. You do not want to be in that position.
  • In courthouses, these doctors are called "frequent fliers." You can be sure the defense will use that term in front of the jury. Do you think that adds to the doctor's credibility with the jury?

Certainly, there are exceptions. You may have a special need for a doctor with a special expertise. It is perfectly legitimate for your lawyer to make a suggestion in that event. However, if every client is getting referred to the same doctor or chiropractor or orthopedist, you may be heading for a big problem.

To be sure  you are not being sent by your lawyer to a frequent flier, ask your lawyer the right questions to fully understand the business relationship, if any, between your lawyer and the doctor she recommended.

Oh, and if you see your lawyer pull a stack of doctor/chiropractor business cards from her desk, you might want to think about findinig another lawyer.

Category: Injuries and Wrongful Death

Sandra Rohrstaff
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