I sat down a couple of years ago to interview Corey Malnikof to talk about lawyer to doctor referrals in Fairfax.  Corey works at PalmerCare Chiropractic, and he wanted to share a warning to Virginia consumers about this issue.  Corey and I have both seen a number of legal cases in Virginia get hurt because of a doctor's referral relationship with a healthcare provider (or vice versa).

While it is okay for your lawyer to possibly suggest a specialist to see for a major issue, you want to be wary if the attorney is sending all or most of his clients to a particular general practitioner.  This can spell the "kiss of death" for your case, since judges will look unfavorably on this kind of relationship.

The issue is that there have been dishonest lawyers and doctors in the past who have created monetary exchanges for this type of work, which is extremely unethical.

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Ben, I agree 100%. Here's a recent example of why this is a bad idea. I just met with someone who who called a law firm that advertises on TV after his accident and they sent him to a chiropractor they "work" with. After a month or so of treatment, the doctor got frustrated that his patient wasn't getting better, wrote some damaging "opinions" regarding the cause of his symptoms - that they were probably not related to this accident - and discharged the patient, who ultimately required surgery performed by a specialist. The patient racked up a bill he is responsible for treatment he probably didn't need by a doctor who created a causation defense for the insurance company. Bottom line - there is no cookie cutter, one size fits all approach - so people shouldn't settle for a lawyer who practices this way.
by Frank Kearney April 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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