Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

Quickie Consult 1113
Lawyers and Medical 67 L

From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic

Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time. -Mark Studin 2006

"Comparing MRI's and explaining Old vs New to Lawyer"


Guest Dr: So, I've got a patient that I took care of a while back. It was an uninsured motorist case and so she's dealing with her own insurance company and she has representation. She had a lumbar disc herniation that went from 1.8 mills to 4.2 mils.

Dr. Studin: So, well when was the prior MRI done? Prior to the accident or in the middle of your care?

Guest Dr: There was a previous injury with previous MRIs.

Dr. Studin: Okay. How long before this accident was that other accident?

Guest Dr: Um, two years.

Dr. Studin: Okay.

Guest Dr: So, it went from 1.8 and it expanded to 4.2 millimeters. So, that's number one. Number two, she's as ligament laxity at two levels in the neck. And I explained to her that this was a permanent injury, blah, blah, blah.

I tried to talk to the attorney anyways, the case went into mediation last week. Okay. And in front of the mediator, the attorney goes this chiropractor, is who discovered some kind of loophole in the system and so that, she's been truly injured. What an ass.

Dr. Studin: Oh yeah. You know, it's funny because, Larry Lefcort who I'll talk about in Queens, his daughter was in an accident with a truck, kind of very minor, like one millimeter central herniation, nothing but a nine millimeter lax to the ligament. The lawyer didn't understand anything and, he originally got like a $3,500 offer. He was hoping to get it up to like maybe five to $10,000. And Larry just beat the crap out of him and made him get on the phone and talk to me. It just nagged them.

And at the end of the day, he got $125,000 settlement for his daughter because I educated the lawyer. I just last Thursday spoke to an attorney in Florida who also did not understand it, and he got out of the phone and talk to me. But this lawyer had sat through one of my lawyers seminars that I did, which I did about two months ago, but he got on the phone and I re-explained it to him and he understood what, what's happening. So, and it's funny that the lawyers should say he found a loophole and found an injury. See the problem is the lawyer first, he's a horrible lawyer. Yes. One of the things that I've learned a long time ago because you can stick stupid and you know, stupid exists within doctors, lawyers, you know, electricians, plumbers. So, you got one and you can't fix stupid for a lawyer to say that in front of, in front of any legal form.

It's just stupid. So, the only solution in this particular scenario in moving forward because the damage done or is he going back in for another hearing or is that it?

Guest Dr: the grip case wants to take the case to trial. I don't know where it's going from here.

Dr. Studin: Okay. So the only solution here is to call the attorney and say, listen you understand that you could explain it as well as anyone. I know you, I know your background and how hard you work and how well you understand this, but you have to take you out of the picture. You need third party validation from a higher authority and that's me. So what you need to do is call the lawyer and say, listen, I know that there's a little bit of disconnected and your knowledge on this particular subject, but one of my professors and he teaches in medical schools and chiropractic colleges, but he also teaches inside the insurance companies or which carrier is this a state farm.

He also teaches us, I teach it inside state farm. I was with their attorneys two weeks ago. Um, he also teach a state farm. They are lawyers and, you know, and you know their superintendent, he's the educates, somebody works with them. He understands this process better than anyone. And he also lectures to try lawyers’ associations around the country as a favor to me. He said he would spend 10 minutes with you and explain this because this particular diagnosis has been rendering settlement values and verdicts anywhere between 125,000. Oh, well actually that's not true anywhere between 35,000 and 750,000 around the country. Um, I know it's gone through in Ohio, down in the Dayton area, but I don't know what he's going to tell you or how he's going to do it or explain it, but he said he would grant us 10 minutes to sit and chat with him, you know, in the middle of his busy schedule, if you will.

And if there's nothing to lose, I mean, I'm not going to make any more money. It'll only help you make more money. And my patients, which is all I care about. So, if you like, I can get them on the phone or we could chat with them. Okay. And then you and him talk and then get me on the phone after the tour. You were on the phone, 10 minutes and I'll turn this guy around and I'll make you, I'll make him, you know, one of your best supporters, but go ahead next.

Guest Dr: Gotcha. I will try that. But I've never spoken to him that this guy is such a big scumbag that he just wants to get his money.

Dr. Studin: And Ron, remember what I said up front, you can't fix stupid. Okay. As frustrating as it is you move on.

Guest Dr: Right. Thank you.

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