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Get Lien Paid at 100% From Scumbag Lawyer
“Paper is Power” Mark Studin 2020
I just received this from Dr. Cintineo in New Jersey. Read the issue in his letter and the response he crafted. The threat will come in the second letter if not paid in full.
Good morning Mr....,
I received a call from your associate, Michael Lawyer, on Friday regarding a mutual client/patient, Simon Patient.
Mr. Lawyer explained that Mr. Patient's case settled, but he requested that he reduce my outstanding balance from $7,752.00 to $3,000.00....a 62% reduction. He further stated that the issue with this case was the fact that although Mr. Patient had $250,000.00 in PIP coverage, Hudson Regional Hospital was paid $220,000.00 for their facility fee for Mr. Patient's cervical fusion surgery. As a result, there was a significant amount of outstanding medical bills that need to be paid since his PIP benefits had been exhausted largely due to HRH's bill.
Please allow me to explain my perspective on this matter. First, it is my experience that the settlement value of a case where there is a spinal fusion surgery is in the high six-figure/low seven-figure range. Therefore, there should be no shortage of funds to pay Mr. Patient's outstanding medical bills. Your request to the doctors left "holding the bag" to compromise their fee is apparently to reduce the medical expenses that will come off the top of the settlement which then reduces your 33% legal fee. Mr. Lawyer did not mention that your firm was taking a reduction in your fee, so I assume you are not. Second, it is not my problem that HRH charges excessive facility fees. Independent of their fees, I still need to get paid as I am running a business just as you are and need to pay my physical therapists and office staff who provided care to Mr. Patient.
Mr. Lawyer also mentioned to me that if I agreed to reduce my fee to $3,000.00, your firm could refer clients to me in my area. I am not new to the PI world. I have been doing this for 33 years and if I had $1.00 for every attorney who told me he would refer me patients if I reduced my fee on this one case, I would be retired. That's not to say that your firm shouldn't be referring to me as I am one of the most highly credentialed chiropractors in spinal biomechanics and trauma in New Jersey and I can greatly increase the value of your cases...but that's a different conversation for another day.
Finally, much of what I said above is assumption based on experience. I have not been provided with any settlement documentation to review in order to determine whether negotiation of my fee is warranted. I am requesting you provide the full amount collected in settlement and/or verdict not limited to Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist. Kindly provide this information on your letterhead with your signature. It is my affirmed business policy that transparency on fees be provided in order for there to be equitable negotiation and equitable distribution of fees. If I am not provided this documentation, I cannot be expected to negotiate blindly, and my balance will remain at $7,752.00.
Thank you for your understanding in this important matter. I look forward to your reply.
John E. Cintineo, DC, DAAMLP
Academy of Chiropractic – Active Trauma Team Member
Primary Spine Care Qualified/Hospital Qualified
Candidate – Fellowship in Spinal Biomechanics & Trauma
Facility Director/Administrator; Academy Spine & Physical Therapy, LLC
Director; New Jersey Accident & Injury Group, LLC
President; American Academy of Trauma Professionals
19-21 Fair Lawn Ave, Suite 1C
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Phone (201)796-7772 Fax (201)794-8818
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