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You and the Law | When chiropractors and lawyers must say ‘no’

August 24, 2021

August 24, 2021 at 2:00 a.m.


Today’s story will be of special interest to both chiropractors and personal injury lawyers who have recently started their own practice and are tempted to accept just about anyone who has been in an auto accident.

“This can be a monumental mistake,” warns California attorney Shawn Steel. His practice concentrates on personal injury law and strongly supports the chiropractic profession. He lectures at Palmer West Chiropractic, Life Chiropractic College West and Southern California University of Health Sciences.

“If there is one professional area where attorneys and chiropractors should be on the same page it is in recognizing when to say “Thanks for coming to see me, but I don’t think that my office will be able to help you.” He provided this list of red flags that must be recognized and immediately acted upon.

Beware of the wandering thief

This person’s goal in life is to take advantage of anyone whose path they cross. They intend to cheat you before even walking through your door.
They may have a legitimate accident case. They may be hurt. But their sole objective is a payout in their pockets and not yours!

If the doctor recommends that they have an attorney, the wandering thief will strongly object! An attorney would require a signed lien — assuring payment of all bills and attorney fees — but without it, and aftercare is complete:

(A) The wandering thief fires the lawyer;

(B) Negotiates the case themselves with the insurance adjuster;

(C) Gets all the money, pays none of the treatment bills or attorney fees. Then they vanish.

The giveaway for the lawyer is that, after signing the retainer agreement, the client will pressure the lawyer to have the doctor order lots of medical testing, to generate high bills.

Once a settlement amount is negotiated — but not paid — they will be unhappy with the numbers, fire the lawyer and try to settle the case themselves. Even if the attorney’s name is on the settlement check, they forge the lawyer’s name, take the money and disappear.

The know-it-all

These people know more than the doctor and the lawyer combined. They constantly second guess the doctor and argue with their lawyer, consuming a tremendous amount of time and energy. It is usually better for your mental health to let that know-it-all patient go! This person brings nothing but aggravation to the lawyer’s office, often saying things like, “I had a friend who with the same facts as my case settled for eight times as much as you want me to take, so what’s wrong with you?”

The grouch, a first cousin to the know-it–all

The grouch is easy to spot. Your staff are the first ones to notice that you’ve got a grouch in your office. Always listen to your staff as they will tell you the truth.

The grouch complains about everything! They blame the staff for not setting their appointment as the best time, not giving them adequate advance notice, and make up stuff to complain about. They take the joy out of practice for both doctors and lawyers.

They are miserable human beings. While it is best to unload this grouch, you can try to rescue the situation by saying, “If you want to stay with us, you need to stop complaining.”

The schizophrenic: A first cousin to the grouch, a real-life version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

This person is nice to you but miserable to your staff: insulting and yelling. However, they are as sweet as cotton candy to you. Give them one warning: “Yell at my staff one more time, and you are out of here! No one deserves to be spoken to the way you treat people.”

Doctors and lawyers need to understand there is a great liberation when you let that person go. Mentally you are free from a burning, destructive sensation in your life. Neither you nor your staff should have to experience this.

The doctor/lawyer hopper

These people immediately trash the last lawyer/doctor who was handling their case. If it is just one attorney, or one doctor, that can happen. But if it is multiple doctors or lawyers? You must think, “This person will never be happy with me, no matter what I do. So why go through the effort as I will no doubt get fired anyway.” Decline to accept them.

This person gives me a bad feeling!

If there is something inherently negative between you and this potential patient/client, do not accept them. You do not need a reason. It may not be rational, but trust your inner voice. “Trust the Force!”

A business prof offers his formula

Lyle Sussman, the former chairman and professor of Management, College of Business, University of Louisville offered this recommendation for anyone in business who needs to say “no.”

“Say no if there is a disconnect — differing expectations — between what the person thinks you will provide and what you know you can deliver.

“Every plastic surgeon can tell a story about a patient disappointed because the procedure did not produce the gorgeous effect they anticipated.”

Top Republicans: Ousting Governor Newsom is the last chance for the middle class

March 26, 2021

Our reporter Shang Ying reported from Los Angeles

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's final deadline for removing the agency received more than 2.1 million signatures, well above the 149,5709 required by state law, according to In response, Mr. Shawn Steel, the Republican member of the RNC, said it was no surprise that the signatures were enough to satisfy California's gubernatorial recall election this year. He sees the removal of incumbent Governor Newsom and the change of California as the last chance for the state's middle class to preserve their homes.

Under California rules, election officials in 58 california counties are required to verify valid signatures and notify the secretary of state by April 29 after submitting recall signatures. Steele revealed that the recall organizers pre-verified the collected signatures to ensure efficiency before submitting all signatures to the secretary of state. By the March 17 signature deadline, counties had confirmed nearly 1.2 million valid signatures. As a normal scenario, 1.495709 valid signatures are required to collect only about 1.6 million signatures, but in order to ensure that nothing is lost, organizers eventually collect more than 2 million. He admitted that, unlike California's usual elections, which do not check signatures, which determine whether to call a recall election, the state requires a check to verify signatures, and that they may find various reasons to invalidate signatures, or even half of the 1 million signatures. As a result, the recall organizers sought 2 million or more signatures in support to ensure that there were still enough valid signatures in such cases.

For now, the nation is watching the California governor's ouster, which Steele believes is about policy-related disasters and not partisanship. Although the state filed a lawsuit against the recall, he expects a 97 percent chance that the state will start a gubernatorial recall election this fall. Because of the loss of control and record unemployment in California after Newsom ben governor, tax increases have burdened California businesses and middle-class families, and many businesses and residents have moved out of the state. Steele pointed out that California's biggest problem is the disaster of far-left policies, Newsom signed a number of far-left bills after taking office, and poor management of 10 billion unemployment benefits were fraudulently claimed, California's crime spree and many other facts, the governor is to blame. California's environment is deteriorating, so that only the richest and poor are fit to live in the state, and small business owners and the broader middle class, the engine of the economy, are forced to move out. So he's looking forward to a successful gubernatorial election to change california, because it's the last chance for the state's middle class.

Steele also acknowledged that the success of recall elections is not easy and rare. There have been only two successful cases of ousting a governor in U.S. history, including the successful ouster of former Governor Davis by California voters more than 20 years ago. This time California is worse off, forcing voters to make that choice again. If the recall election is successfully launched, there will be two questions on the ballot paper on election day, first, whether voters agree to remove the current governor, Newsom? If voters agree, continue with the second question, selecting a candidate on the list to replace Newsom. As long as a simple majority votes in support of a recall, Newsom steps down. On the shortlist, the candidate with the majority of support wins the election to become the new governor of California. Currently, California has 5 million registered Republican voters and 7.5 million Democratic voters, and more voters are increasingly choosing nonpartisan, with a majority in california that is 1 more conservative or more liberal. Steele revealed that the recall election, the Democratic Party must launch another candidate, or once Newsom is removed, the governor automatically for the Republican candidate. But the launch of another Democratic candidate is bound to create divisions within the party. Once recall election day is set, it will be interesting.

He stressed once again that only by ousting Mr. Newsom would Californians have new opportunities, and that a better state should not be brought down by far-left and government union organizations. The disaster caused by California's far-left policies is also reflected in the fact that California's policies make life unaffordable for young and old. Many young people were born in California, where their parents provided them with comfortable homes, but as adults they were unable to buy a home in the state and have the standard of living that their parents had provided them with. But in Texas, Florida can. Much of California's wealth is spent on social welfare and free health care, but not for the average California taxpayer. So California is currently the state with the highest number and proportion of poor people in the country, which was not the case in California. Alabama and South Carolina used to have the largest percentage of the poor, but that changed. California's welfare policies attract more and more poor people, and the state's middle class pays for California's heavy taxes under the welfare policies. The super-rich don't care about California tax increases, and they don't live in California most of the time. In the end, the middle class was forced to move out of California.