PI Email Alert: March 29, 2018

Shawn Steel & John Tawlian




Department of Insurance [DOI] California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued a Cease and Desist Order against automobile carrier, Access General. AG has a terrible reputation for not settling cases or not even negotiating.


Finally, the DOI determined that AG is “unable to demonstrate it has the assets and capital to sustain its business as an insurer.”


If you have an outstanding claim with AG contact your PI attorney to see if he plans to file a CIGA claim to eventually get paid.

Click to email John Tawlian for a copy of the DOI Order.


Don't split your patient's charts! Otherwise, you could find yourself in trouble.


Once in PI litigation, DCs receive vague and broadly-worded records subpoenas seeking all of Patient X’s medical records and billing records going back some number of years.


Sometimes, out of a desire to hide preexisting conditions or justify PI versus cash/insurance billing or simply due to not reading closely, DCs will produce only the PI chart and withhold the patient’s previous records.


That’s a big problem and defense attorneys will notice.


Defense attorneys have an absolute right to get 100% of your patients’ records. If you ONLY give the most recently PI records you are breaking the law.


In summary, while it sometimes seems counterintuitive to show the opposing insurance company your medical and billing records from prior treatment, the detriment is far outweighed by the potential damage to a case and to your reputation when they discover it on their own.


Remember, if you have any questions about a subpoena you receive, do not hesitate to reach out for a quick review.



A new firm is robo calling to lure DC’s into a website and promises 40 new PI patients a month. You have to pay some $1500 plus another fee for social media ads.


They also promise you exclusivity to specific regions. However, we have evidence that another doctor received the same “exclusivity” across the street from one participating doctor.


Sadly, our contact doctor told us he received 6 Medi-Cal patients plus his social media page was hijacked by this firm.


Tip: If it is too good to be true, it probably is.


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Introducing the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale: [HAM-A]


This 10-minute rating scale helps access the severity of symptoms of anxiety.


Anxiety is a common symptom in MVA. However, anxiety is seldom mentioned in the PI Report.


The solution is to use a well-established scale to help measure the extent of the symptom.


Contact johntawlian@shawnsteel.com for your copy of the HAM-A Anxiety form.



CCA Districts

Sacramento District (2hrs mandated CE)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


North Bay District (2hrs mandated CE)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Shawn Steel & Sam Collins Mini 2 Hr. Seminar

Orange County - Wed. April 18, 2018


San Fernando Valley - Wed. May 16, 2018


All doctors welcome to join us.


For questions email johntawlian@shawnsteel.com.



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