Fla. High Court Says Privilege Shields Atty-Doctor Referrals

By Carolina Bolado (April 13, 2017, 7:24 PM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that defense attorneys cannot pry into possible referral relationships between doctors and lawyers in personal injury cases because these relationships are protected by attorney-client privilege.

In a 4-3 decision, the court said attorneys for the Central Florida YMCA could not ask about the referral relationships between the plaintiff's firm, Morgan & Morgan PA, and the Sea Spine Orthopedic Institute. Plaintiff Heather Worley, who is suing the YMCA, was referred to Sea Spine after she tripped and fell in the YMCA parking lot.

The Supreme Court rejected arguments that the lawyer's act of referring a client...

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