Well,I am a Chiropractor in Florida. I work with a lot of PI attorneys and cases. Everything is above board, no funny business. We charge PI patients' insurance companies what we would charge Medicare or cash patients. It is illegal to have a dual fee schedule if you know what I mean.
Part of having a good relationship with the attorneys is this understanding that we do not collect if they do not collect. It is in a way a professional courtesy. This chiropractor has just dug their own grave as far as I am concerned, if he or she ever wants to do PI work in that community again. Word gets around and soon no one will work with him.
That being said, it would probably be a good idea to get this agreement in writing from now on because legally, if nothing was in writing, he or she has the right to collect.
Now, this goes both ways. I have had cases where the patient got a settlement, the attorney got paid and our clinic got nothing. Then we had to enforce a collection from the patient's part of the settlement. This is an attorney with whom we may never work again for this reason. You win some, you lose some, but if you win, everybody wins and if you lose everybody loses. That is our philosophy.
and by the way, Chiropractors are real doctors. We go to school as long as MDs do, but our area of expertise is a little different. I would not go to a chiropractor with an eye infection, and I would not go to an MD with back or neck pain. To each their own, right? I get pelnty of patients in my office suffering from pain that their MD or PT was unable to help with. Perhaps if you have a low opinion of chiropractic, you may have had a bad experience with a bad chiropractor (yes, they are out there too, just like bad MDs and bad dentists, etc.)
It is ignorant to generalize a whole profession on one unethical or unprofessional doctor. I have dedicated my life to helping people, it is the most rewarding job, and I would not change that for the world.