If you are involved in a car wreck, chances are good that the very next day you will be flooded with unsolicited phone calls from telemarketers who are all urging you to go to their doctors or chiropractors for medical treatment. Some of these shysters use official sounding names like “Tennessee Advocacy Board” in an attempt to purposefully confuse you into thinking that they are calling from some agency or your insurance company in order to provide you with legitimate medical treatment. DO NOT FALL VICTIM TO THIS SCHEME.
These are telemarketers who have gathered your personal information from publicly available police reports. They are all trying to get you to go to disreputable medical providers and generate bogus medical bills that will eventually be paid by an auto insurance company. There are several reasons you should refuse to do business with these crooks.
First and foremost, it is unethical for either doctors or chiropractors to either engage in telemarketing or to pay for the services of telemarketers. In Tennessee, chiropractors are severely limited in how they can telemarket by Rule 0260-2-.20 of the General Governing Chiropractic Examiners and by Tennessee Code Section 63-4-114. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners General Rules Governing the Practice of Medicine place such strong restrictions on advertising that ethical telemarketing by physicians is impossible. If a doctor is not able to follow his profession’s rules on ethical advertising, what other rules is he not going to follow when he provides you with medical treatment?
Second, insurance companies know which medical providers are telemarketing and will significantly undervalue a claim if the client received treatment from one of these providers. If you are injured in a car wreck, it is far better to either go to your own regular treating physician for medical treatment or to seek out other medical treatment after consulting with your attorney. Never follow the advice of some stranger who calls you on the telephone!
Last, insurance defense attorneys know which medical providers are telemarketing and will use this information to convince the Court that your case is not worth anything. Judges hate telemarketers. Juries hate telemarketers. But in Court, it is you the patient who will be punished for the sins of the telemarketer. Even if you manage to make a recovery, you will still be forced to pay an often over-inflated medical bill to a telemarketing provider who should not be able to recover a single penny.
If you are injured in a car wreck, DO NOT USE THE SERVICES OF A TELEMARKETING MEDICAL PROVIDER. Instead, call the Blount Law Firm for advice on how to get competent, reasonable medical care.
If you are already involved in a personal injury claim and were duped into going to a telemarketing medical provider, call the Blount Law Firm. It may not be too late for us to rehabilitate your claim and put you back on the right track.