Supreme Court Issues Victory for Plaintiffs and Treating Doctors

By April 15, 2017 November 21st, 2018 Medical and Legal Issues

In an exciting win for Florida personal injury plaintiffs and their physicians, the state’s Supreme Court issued a recent landmark decision in the case of Worley v. Central Florida Young Men’s Christian Ass’n, Inc. The main issues in Worley were the permissibility of discovery as to who referred a plaintiff to her treating physicians and the financial relationship between those treating physicians and the plaintiff’s attorney. These hotly contested issues permeate many personal injury cases. In a very cogent opinion, the Supreme Court resolved these long-standing conflicts in favor of Florida personal injury plaintiffs by fully restoring the attorney-client privilege and making treating physician financial discovery off-limits. The Worley case involved a “relatively routine” trip and fall wherein the plaintiff suffered a knee injury in the YMCA parking lot due to a hazardous condition. Despite two emergency room visits and recommendations to…
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Source: Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Blog