Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program
Quickie Consult 1175
Office Systems 103 OS
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
"Lawyers wants me to accept what is left for me and the patient"
Dr. Studin: Okay, let's start from the beginning and what's going on.
Guest Dr: Okay, so an attorney calls our office and says that he on a building, I have $3,715 for, he calls and says, I have $9,000 for you and the patient. So I just assumed that was the total settlement. And so I said, well, I don't customarily, I don't ask more in the third, so I'll take 'em, I'll take three grand than he was. He said he had costs and blah, blah, blah. And I should have just said, look, three grand there or leave me alone. But I took 2,500 and so anyway, before the check comes, I realized, wait a minute, I didn't even let me just double check his language and so he said, I asked him, what's the total selling? he says, Oh, that can't give you that. It's confidential. I said, well, if you discount my bill, you've got to give it to me. He said, no, we talked. I told you there was no grand for you in the patient. You agreed to 2,500 you gave me a verbal agreement, that's it.
Dr. Studin: No. Okay, so here's the issue. Okay? So, you're in control. You've got a lien, you call the lawyer back and you tell them, first of all, you have to be very careful to listen what lawyers tell you. Okay? And he really told you the truth and he didn't do anything unethical, but you told the lawyer and you could send the lawyer a letter. Dear mr lawyer, regardless of my initial reaction, I realize you said what was available for the patient and myself, my fee is $3,715 which is obviously not more than one third. Therefore, my fee is $3,715 not one penny less carried it. And you fax it to them. You call the office, you tell the staff that's what you did. I don't care what he says. You said verbally you didn't sign anything. There's nothing binding to that. And just like you verbally said yes, you are now verbally saying no. If he doesn't like it, he can get cocked him off in yum. For those of you who aren't of our persuasion, it means go shit in the ocean. And please understand that, he knows he can't disclose. Firstly, I think until you approve, because he has to settle your lien.
Guest Dr: Okay, what do I do if he just doesn't respond and say that he's sick?
Dr. Studin: You say, you're aware that he's in possession of funds that you give him and you tell him that he has 24 hours. I was responding, ma'am, if he doesn't respond, then tell him that the next letter goes out. I'm aware you're in receipt of funds, and you're honoring the lien period. Should you not honor the lien, I will force you for that. Ethics violations and state bar period. Period. Period. Period. He's going to try to strong arm you. He can go screw himself.
Guest Dr: Okay. Thank you.