It is crucial to hire a reputable and honest lawyer and doctor for your accident case. If you do not, you may lose your right to recover.
If it is too good to be true, . . .
This was brought home yesterday when the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced indictments on a No Fault ring involving lawyers, doctors, medical offices, and “runners” working out of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. See the story here. We have seen similar sweeps and arrests in the past.
The end-result to the honest client is that he may forfeit his right to recover. His case will be classified as a “fraud” by the insurance company. It will be marked “NO PAY”. Furthermore, there will be a problem in getting medical records because those records will be confiscated by the prosecutor as evidence. The client’s doctor who has been convicted cannot set foot in a courtroom. Consequently, the client cannot prove his injuries.
The injured client should be aware of the hallmarks of an illegal lawyer or medical operation:
- the injured client is offered money by a “runner” to come to a doctor or lawyer. Often the payoff will be $1,000+. Sometimes, there will be separate payments to the injured client from the lawyer and doctor!
- the client is approached either in the hospital or shortly thereafter by a “runner” who will steer the client to either a doctor or lawyer or both.
- the client never sees the responsible doctor even though the doctor “signs-off” on all reports and billing. The client only sees medical assistants and therapists.
- the client is asked to sign “sign-in” sheets in advance so as to “save time.”
If you are approached by a runner, RUN. If you are offered a few bucks to sign-up with a doctor or lawyer, realize that they may not be in business when you need them. You will be unable to prove your injury.
In short, go to an honest and reputable lawyer and doctor.
If you have been involved in an accident, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation at 800-581-1434 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark E. Seitelman, 3/2/12, www.seitelman.com.