Monday, June 6, 2011
Winters & Yonkers Fires Associate Who Refuses to Refer Clients to "Cooperating" Chiropractor, Lawsuit
"A former associate at Winters & Yonker, the law firm that does massive advertising, claims he was fired for refusing to go along with an arrangement in which he says the firm trades clients with medical clinics that diagnose and treat personal injuries.
Gadlage said in his suit, filed Wednesday in Jefferson Circuit Court, that sending clients to Kompothecras’ clinics made cases harder to settle. In an interview, he said that was because the clinic charged higher medical bills that insurance companies didn’t want to pay.
In a statement, the law firm’s outside counsel, Ron Green, denied that it trades clients with Kompothecras. Green said since the middle of 2009 the firm has provided clients with a 'menu of medical providers that the firm thinks well of” and has each client sign a document confirming they received a choice of physician.
The suit does not name Kompothecras as a defendant, and he couldn’t be reached for comment.
Kentucky ethics rules bar lawyers from giving anything of value for a referral[.]"
I've talked about this sort of thing in my posts about "whore doctors." I'm not pre-judging the claim against Winters & Yonkers, but these big personal injury firms are primarily entities with a certain business models that they adhere to. These firms need to obtain certain "inputs" necessary for successful resolutions or outcomes, i.e. settlements, um cash. By working with doctors or chiropractors who play ball the lawyers hope to obtain "reporting" and medical forensic evidence to support the personal injury claims they process. I suppose this is all well and good except when what they're doing is UNETHICAL.
An online search turns up information indicating that chiropractor Kompothecras has quite an operation with over 40 "medical" facilities in Florida alone.
We'll keep an eye on this story.