In a deeply disturbing case, a New Jersey resident has been left without
legal recourse due to fraudulent activity by the doctor who caused his
injuries. The man, Thomas D. of Lakewood, had received surgery from the
podiatrist in March of 2010 which left him with what has been described
as an “inverted foot.” At the conclusion of his medical malpractice
claim, however, the court ruled that the insurance provider did not have
to pay out the claim, because the doctor had lied on his initial application.
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When applying for medical malpractice insurance, which all doctors in New
Jersey are required to carry, the podiatrist lied about how much of his
practice was in New Jersey, and how much was in Rhode Island. The insurance
provider required policyholders to focus at least 51% of their practice
in Rhode Island. Since the policy was obtained fraudulently, the court
ruled that the provider had no obligation to pay any claims on the podiatrist’s behalf.
A Frightening Precedent
Anyone who lives in New Jersey or regularly visits the state should be
extremely alarmed, as this court decision sets a dangerous precedent.
Essentially, this court ruling was a message to insurance providers that
their failure to perform due diligence in researching their policyholders
is totally acceptable, and can actually be used to prevent paying out
claims. In this case, a doctor is guilty of both malpractice and fraud,
and yet an innocent injured victim is the only one who will pay the price.
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