|By Daphne Duret, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The details of the settlement are confidential, and no attorneys on either side of the case would comment. But a source close to the case who did not want to be identified estimated that
This group is among a number of people and companies whose names have landed in court records nationwide over disputes surrounding
The relationship between the lawyers, doctors and SpineWand makers thrived using business practices called known as the "DiscoCare model." (
According to the lawsuits, the DiscoCare model worked like this: An accident victim would visit a personal injury firm to seek help on getting compensated for damages. The lawyers would then refer the victim to places such as the Palm Beach Lakes Surgery Center, where doctors would conduct diagnostic tests and offer a plan for treatment.
At the Palm Beach Lakes Surgery Center, Bistline would most often conduct the diagnostic test.
Under the DiscoCare model, accident victims would receive letters of protection from their attorneys. These letters absolved them of any responsibility to pay the costs of their medical procedures if their accident lawyers failed to recover money from the insurance companies. If the accident attorneys prevailed, then the doctor and lawyers would take their fees from the victims' settlement.
Doctors would receive the SpineWand devices for free, and
Because operating the DiscoCare model took some coordination,