New Auto Insurance Tactic- Harass Doctors with Subpoenas
Auto insurance companies have a new tactic to harass doctors who treat auto accident victims. They are sending subpoenas to doctors who treat Personal Injury patients and asking for more information then they should be entitled to.
I have been contacted by several doctors who have received subpoenas from State Farm in Personal Injury cases. State Farm wants to know things like:
- How many LOPs the doctor has with the lawyer representing the patient;
- How much money the doctor has made from LOPs in the last five years;
- How much money the doctor would get paid if health insurance was paying the bills;
- The relationship between the doctor and the lawyer.
We can help you if you receive these subpoenas. The big issue is WHETHER THE LAWYER SENT THE PATIENT TO YOUR OFFICE.
This case says that insurance companies can get this information if the
lawyer referred the patient to your office.
This case says that insurance companies CAN NOT get this information if there is no evidence that the lawyer referred the patient to your office.
If your paperwork mentions that the patient was sent to your office by a lawyer then you might have to turn over the information listed above.
If your paperwork DOES NOT mention how the patient was sent to your office then you most likely WILL NOT have to turn over the information listed above.
State Farm and Allstate are sending subpoenas to doctors who treat people injured in auto accidents to harass doctors. If you receive a subpoena asking for information that you don’t want to provide then call my office. We can help you.