I’ve been at this blogging thing for seven years now, and my posting volume waxes and wanes with other events in my life. But on the actual substance, I’m pleased to write that I thought 2013 was the best that this space has seen.
Why? Because, I was able to do some original reporting on issues that hit home for the entire personal injury field — the use of insurance company “experts” that do quickie exams, who then use these three or four minute exams to claim that victims haven’t been injured. I won’t re-post the entire series, but you can read this one regarding Dr. Robert Israel and this one regarding Dr. Michael Katz, and then follow the links from there to the extent you haven’t seen them yet.
One of the problems with blogging is that, all too often, bloggers merely re-package stories that have been written by others. The better ones will offer opinions on why the story is significant.
But breaking news is a whole other beast, and is particularly rewarding. This is especially true if it results from investigation, and even more true if it spurs others to investigate.
I know from other sources that these two experts, for instance, will be hard-pressed to ever take the witness stand again, as they will be destroyed on cross-exam by their conduct. And I’ve done my part to make sure their conduct is well known. This one post of mine has been viewed over 18 thousand times. Some folks are interested. Indeed, the New York Law Journal has already featured two articles on the subject subsequent to my reporting.
And other doctors that I discussed may find themselves the subject of new lines of cross-examination due to the data I found on the length of their exams.
While I believe I’ve published some powerful evidence of insurance fraud undertaken by the insurance industry, I obviously don’t have the time or resources (subpoena power) to do a full blown investigation. Perhaps one day a real investigation of insurance fraud will take place regarding these quickie exams.
In the meantime, I’ll keep plugging along.
It would be nice if this blog could actually accomplish something that brings more integrity to the field. I would call that success. I feel like we are half way there, but still need state investigators to do the real work.