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Beware of “Runners”

Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 10:00 am

Part three in a four-part series about the growing medical abuse and insurance fraud in NJ.

Imagine you’re resting at home after work about a week after you were hit in a fender bender. You notice a white van pull up to the curb in front of your house. The driver approaches your home and rings the doorbell.

“Hi, I’m John Smith from XYZ Group, your auto insurance company. We’re awfully sorry to hear about your recent accident. Your best bet at this point is to get checked out and start getting the medical attention you are entitled to. We recommend Sunnyside Chiropractic on Main Street. Right now, they’re even offering $200 in cash to new patients as a welcome promotion! Sign here and we can get you your $200.”

What would you do?

As you probably suspect, this offer is illegitimate. The “runner” was sent by the chiropractic facility to impersonate a representative from your auto insurance company. Too often, chiropractors like this one encourage excessive treatment at the expense of your health and your auto insurance company. That $200 is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of money he or she can wrangle from your insurance company.

This is a real case we recently investigated in Mercer County. One of many cases we have and will unfortunately continue to discover.

In the final part of the series, we’ll take a look at another case and the impact on your wallet. If you missed the first two installments, please check out One Fender Bender Away from Identity Theft and The Promise of Big Money.

In the unfortunate event you are involved in an accident, the best advice we can offer is to be alert and consult your own doctor first. If you suspect fraud, abuse or any unethical behavior following an accident, please report your concern as soon as possible by calling our anonymous tip line at 1-855-FRAUDNJ. For more information about insurance fraud in New Jersey, visit www.njinsurancefraud.org.

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