Defense Lawyers: Surgeon, Plaintiffs' Lawyers Have "Joint Business Venture" to Help Maximize Recoveries

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July 24, 2018

Defense attorneys in an Atlanta-area slip-and-fall lawsuit say that a local surgeon has a “de facto joint business venture” with personal injury plaintiffs’ lawyers in which they perform surgeries to help plaintiffs maximize recoveries, according to Daily Report.

In a motion to enforce a discovery request to examine a doctor’s relationship with the plaintiff, the defense attorneys say Spine Center Atlanta doctors “specialize in helping personal injury patients maximize their recovery” by operating like a medical funding company whose relationships with plaintiffs should be disclosed. The court ordered the center and Dr. James Chappuis to pay almost $9,000 in discovery fees, since the “financial interest in the outcome of the case is highly relevant to the issue of his credibility and potential bias, as Dr. Chappuis has become an investor of sorts in the lawsuit.”

Earlier this year, a New York Times exposé uncovered an “assembly-line-like system” in which lawsuit lenders, doctors, and plaintiffs’ lawyers worked together to coerce women into surgeries some doctors called “dangerous and irresponsible,” just to turn them into better plaintiffs.