Insurance Companies Hiding Information

William E. Johnson
November 12, 2013

One of the most frustrating aspects of personal injury litigation involves the types of information that a jury can never consider. For example, did you know that an insurance company can hide from the jury the amount that they pay to doctors who perform evaluations on injured persons?

In virtually any auto accident lawsuit that goes to trial, the insurance company will hire a physician to examine the injured person. The problem is that an insurance company will hire doctors to perform these exams at a rate that is several times higher than the market rate for a doctor’s visit in Florida. An insurance company will pay a sports medicine or neurological physician $750, or twice as much, to perform a 20 minute or less examination. These doctors are often hired by the same group of insurance companies to perform examinations several hundred times per year, allowing the doctors to earn salaries upwards of half a million a year for litigation related examinations.

Conflicts of Interest in Medical Opinions

Conflicts of Interest in Medical Opinions

This practice creates an obvious conflict of interest for the doctor, who generally biases their medical findings in favor of the insurer. The doctor knows that the moment that they render an objective opinion, they won’t be called back for future exams. Juries can easily be swayed when then feel that an opinion in the case is biased, which is why the court does not allow them to consider the amount of money paid to the examining physicians.

When the Rules of Evidence Benefits the Plaintiff

Although insurers always try to use the rules of evidence to their advantage, a skilled attorney can help level the playing field by taking advantage of the rules of evidence that benefit the injured person. For example, the collateral source rule prevents an insurer from showing that the injured person received compensation from their injuries from other sources such as medical insurance, or another policy. However, keep in mind that just because the evidence doesn’t get to a jury does not mean that the court can not consider collateral sources when making its award of damages.

Contact a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorney

If you or your loved one has been injured because of a wrongdoer call the West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of William E. Johnson, P.A. Our expert West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys can help get you the relief that you may be entitled to under Florida law. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 561-832-4848.

Medical Experts in Florida Personal Injury Cases

One of the most frustrating aspects of personal injury litigation involves the types of information that a jury can never consider. For example, did you know that an insurance company can hide from the jury the amount that they pay to doctors who perform evaluations on injured persons?

In virtually any auto accident lawsuit that goes to trial, the insurance company will hire a physician to examine the injured person. The problem is that an insurance company will hire doctors to perform these exams at a rate that is several times higher than the market rate for a doctor’s visit in Florida. An insurance company will pay a sports medicine or neurological physician $750, or twice as much, to perform a 20 minute or less examination. These doctors are often hired by the same group of insurance companies to perform examinations several hundred times per year, allowing the doctors to earn salaries upwards of half a million a year for litigation related examinations.

Conflicts of Interest in Medical Opinions

This practice creates an obvious conflict of interest for the doctor, who generally biases their medical findings in favor of the insurer. The doctor knows that the moment that they render an objective opinion, they won’t be called back for future exams. Juries can easily be swayed when then feel that an opinion in the case is biased, which is why the court does not allow them to consider the amount of money paid to the examining physicians.

When the Rules of Evidence Benefits the Plaintiff

Although insurers always try to use the rules of evidence to their advantage, a skilled attorney can help level the playing field by taking advantage of the rules of evidence that benefit the injured person. For example, the collateral source rule prevents an insurer from showing that the injured person received compensation from their injuries from other sources such as medical insurance, or another policy. However, keep in mind that just because the evidence doesn’t get to a jury does not mean that the court can not consider collateral sources when making its award of damages.

Contact a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorney

If you or your loved one has been injured because of a wrongdoer call the West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of William E. Johnson, P.A. Our expert West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys can help get you the relief that you may be entitled to under Florida law. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 561-832-4848.