Q: How much pressure can a chiropractor legally put on a patient to get a lawyer and sue for pain and suffering?
I was in a car accident and saw a chiropractor. They have twice given me a card for a specific lawyer and strongly encouraged me to sue my insurance company to cover the cost of my treatment and pain/suffering. After receiving what seems to be a very overinflated bill, I spoke with chiropractic office today and was once again told I needed to hire the lawyer and sue. That way, according to the person from the chiropractor's office, not only would my bill be paid I would also make money.
A: Your "spider senses" are working very well. There are too many of these folks who "connect" their patients with a lawyer who sues for soft tissue injury.
I'd change to another chiropractor.
I have seen similar instances that started with a "billboard" lawyer sending the person to a chiro, and later it was discovered that disk damage was the issue. Wasted $25000 on inflated, useless chiro. Then the injured person was left with a small amount of recovery, and the lawyer and chiro split most of the pot.
A: You should consult with an attorney. In most instances, a chiropractor will reduce his or her bill at the request of an attorney. You do not have to hire an attorney or hire an attorney recommended by the chiropractor. However, it would be helpful to sit down with an attorney for a Free Consultation to get some advice and recommendations as to courses of action. Good luck.
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