Independent medical examiner (IME) Dr. Rosalind Griffin has filed a grievance
against Attorney Steven Gursten seeking to have the attorney’s license
revoked and to have a damning
blog post taken down. The blog post describes how she diminished her patients’
medical conditions in order to save the insurance company she is affiliated
with enormous amounts of money in claim payouts.
In Hawaii, the disturbing practice of insurance companies hiring doctors
to write medical reports for injured people after one brief exam has been
going on for decades. These IME “hatchet jobs” devastate thousands
of seriously injured people around the U.S., because these doctors only
have the insurance companies’ bottom lines in mind – not the
recovery of the patient.
Dr. Griffin’s attempts to suppress Attorney Gursten’s dissemination
of a cross-examination transcript, and get him disbarred in the process,
raises important questions about First Amendment rights.
The attorney shared the cross-examination transcript after discovering
that the answers Dr. Griffin’s provided were drastically different
from what really happened with his client, a man who had suffered shattered
vertebral discs and a significant traumatic brain injury, among other
injuries, in a truck accident. The answers she claimed the injured man
gave were far different from what he really said, suggesting that Dr.
Griffin may have knowingly committed perjury in order to reduce the damages
and legal compensation that the at-fault trucking company would have been
responsible for paying. This ultimately cost him the payout he desperately needed.
Interestingly, Dr. Griffin happens also to be a member of the Michigan
Attorney Disciplinary Board, the agency that disciplines lawyers.
Click here to view the drastic differences between the answers the injured client
gave to Dr. Griffin on his condition and compare them to the answers Dr.
Griffin gave in testimony.
This is just one of many cases of IME doctors engaging in shady practices
that actively work against the best interests of injured people. There
are enormous financial incentives for IME doctors to minimize injuries
and lie if it helps the side that hired them. IME abuse can happen to
anyone, and sadly, it is all too common for seriously injured people to
be cheated out of the compensation they deserve for their medical bills,
pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and more.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, it is imperative that
you seek personal injury representation in order to effectively combat
insurance company tactics. Contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner to request an
initial case evaluation with a Honolulu personal injury attorney.