As chairman of the New York State Chiropractic Association, I would like to respond to the editorial "Adding insult to injury," about reducing the time frame of reporting auto accident injuries from 90 to 30 days.
Bernard Bourdeau, president of the New York Insurance Association, made a derogatory statement alluding to plaintiff lawyers referring clients to their "favorite chiropractors," who run up bills until they're past no-fault's threshold and into a personal injury case.
Everyone agrees that it is fraud when a doctor facilitates these frivolous cases to meet the threshold. Those guilty of this crime should be exposed and prosecuted. Of course there are good and bad in every profession. The fact that Bourdeau singled out chiropractors is very disturbing, considering providers of all disciplines have the potential to (and do) submit inflated and fraudulent claims. To single out chiropractors as the sole source of fraud is just plain wrong.
Legitimately injured patients who meet the threshold are legally entitled to seek damages for their injuries. Fraud should be dealt with on an individual level.
DR. DAVID L. RIBAKOVE