legaly' my lawyer can not call my doc. thanks though. i left my sub doc an other nice message and hope he moves.
he made me sine some paper work last week with no problem. i still have 9 months left on the statue list. but it just go's to show how sub patients get treated. thankyou again for the info- as long as i stay strong i wil fight this to the end.
act'. my case could be closer to 30. but i'll shut up
johnboy, I spoke with a few lawyer friends about your problem. Donâ€™t know your situation and donâ€™t intend to pry, but if you are getting the â€œmy lawyer canâ€™t contact my doctorâ€ info from anyone other than your
lawyer, youâ€™re getting this information from the wrong
source(s). If your lawyer told you he/she canâ€™t contact your doc, then make sure he/she explains to you exactly why that is â€“ donâ€™t accept anything less.
Doctors and lawyers can easily confuse us by using fancy words, â€œterms of artâ€ and stuff. But you
are paying them
for advice, not the other way around. Demand
nothing less than clarity and adequacy in the advice they give you. If they explain something and you donâ€™t understand, ask them again, and keep asking them until you do understand completely. Thatâ€™s your right as a client.
Accept nothing less, my friend!
Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™ve been told: until typical circumstances, there is no legal reason why your lawyer canâ€™t contact your doc. Now, in theory there are situations where your lawyer could not
legally or ethically contact your doctor, for example if your doc was a client of your lawyer. But if thatâ€™s the case, your lawyer should have told you that immediately
upon learning the name of your doctor, and really, shouldnâ€™t be representing you because thatâ€™s a clear conflict of interest.
Bottom line: unless something unusual is going on, there should be no legal or ethical reason why your lawyer canâ€™t contact your doctor. The one thing my lawyer friends did say is that if your health is in question in a lawsuit, the opposition is going to try to dig up whatever â€œdirtâ€ they can on you. If the people youâ€™re suing learn about your sub use, they may try to â€œshameâ€ you into a favorable settlement for them by dropping hints that your addiction will become public knowledge, your family will find out, etc. But talk to your lawyer. There are ways to keep sensitive personal information secret in a court case, by filing certain court docs â€œunder sealâ€ â€“ in other words, although all documents in a court case are usually public records, some can be kept secret (cases involving children is a good example).
Good luck with your case, johnboy. Whatever you do, make sure to ask plenty of questions if you donâ€™t understand something and feel itâ€™s important to you to understand. If itâ€™s important to you, do not accept a â€œthatâ€™s just the way it isâ€ answer.