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Really, "abuse" accounts for 80+% of ss/disability spending? Right.

Anyway, WMATA's driver screwed up here so they deserve to pay for additional pain and suffering this woman incurred from the accident. You're right, Ken that due to her condition even this minor accident could cause lots of injury/pain.

That said, the whole process between the lawyer/doctor just leaves a bad taste. The injury lawyer sends her to some doctor of his who orders a bunch of unnecessary x-rays that show what the hospital already found: no there was no further major injury to the patient and any additional pain could be dealt with via her already existing treatment. Having found that the doctor orders up more treatment, of course payable to him.

I certainly feel for this woman and her condition. If her regular doctors felt that extra treatment was necessary WMATA should pay for that. If a lawyer felt that WMATA should pay for damages then they should have sued for that. But working with an outside doctor to stick this woman with an unnecessary bill and then suing so he and his doctor bud get paid is just slimy.

by MLD on Feb 21, 2013 1:21 pm • linkreport

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