In court: When the PI lawyer chooses the client’s doctor

     If your lawyer sends you to a hand-picked doctor, does the defense have the right to know?  No, says the Florida Supreme Court which
recently held that an attorney’s referral of an injured client to a doctor or clinic is privileged information, and may not be discovered by the defense.
     This controversial issue has been around for years, and different courts have viewed it differently.  On one hand, the referral can speak to a cozy relationship between the attorney and the doctor, and thus compromise the doctor’s credibility.  On the other hand, the confidential relationship between attorney and client-intended to create a safe place for the client to speak freely-should be held sacrosanct.  The high court has now embraced the latter principle in favor of the former.

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