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Monday, June 20, 2022

BREAKING NEWS

Mercury Insurance Slammed in the Valley

Keonni, 29 years old, was driving west on Roscoe when Mercury’s insured made a sudden left turn at Winnetka Ave. 


Keonni was diagnosed with an L3-L4 facet injury. She underwent three months of chiropractic care and two weeks of acupuncture. She could not work her normal hours, resulting in lost earnings. She also received two sets of radiofrequency ablations, 18 months apart. 


Defendant blamed the victim, claiming Keonni ran the red light. Mercury also claimed all she needed was chiropractic care and should receive from the jury only $0 to $2,000 in compensation. The chiropractic and acupuncture bills were close to $5,000.


The jury disagreed. They awarded Keonni $74,684. 


Los Angeles Superior Court, February 18, 2022. Judge Stephen Maloney.



PRACTICE TIPS 


  1. PI cases can go bad unless the liability is clear. Left turn cases are "good” cases 90% of the time. 
  2. The jury didn’t like the way the Mercury attorney attacked the victim.
  3. The chiropractor gave reasonable care and made effective referrals. The jury liked the chiropractor.

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100 Year Anniversary of the California Chiropractic Act of 1922

Exactly 100 years this November, Chiropractic was voted by 60% of Californians as an independent and legal health care profession.


After years of medical establishment harassment, vexatious prosecutors with thousands of chiropractors arrested and jailed, the people spoke.


None of us would be here were it not for the hardships and sufferings of our forebearers. 


More on this in future editions.

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I was recently referred a case from a new doc. I called once we had all of the information in and let her know about insurance limits, ER records, police report, damage, etc. and then asked her about the patient. She informed me about the complaints, suggested an MRI and orthopedic visit, and asked if we knew any good orthopedists near where the patient lived. I said we did and made the recommendation. 


She said she’d follow up in 4-6 months or if the patient’s condition did not improve. The whole call took about 4 minutes


Normally in my ACE’s LIT TIPS section I’m griping about someone who did something wrong. I thought it was only right to point out when everything goes right. This is exactly what should happen on every single PI case. A quick exchange of information with the Plaintiff attorney and away you go. No one was forced to swallow a referral they didn’t want. No information was hidden behind some false claim for privilege. 


This 4 minute call greatly increased the odds that this chiropractor will get her bill paid in full (odds that were already pretty high…because she’s working with me).  


Feel free to contact me at alexandereisner@shawnsteel.com.

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