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September 9, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(11):795. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510110051012

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Continued exposure of the methods of those who make a business of getting injured and of collecting damages gives strong promise of ruining the industry. Theodore Waters contributes a fourth paper (in September Pearson's) recounting his own experiences in alleging accidents that never happened. In one city he was "hurt" early in the morning, and before noon lawyers' runners urged him to sue on a contingent fee contract, offering to furnish without additional charge all necessary witnesses and testimony. Once the retainer contract is signed the really injured person is thereby prohibited from accepting any proffered settlement, except through the retained lawyer. This shyster lawyer fees court attachés, hospital internes, police, notaries and factory foremen, all of whom can furnish valuable information and assistance. It is alleged that Chicago presents the largest number of illustrations of the "fake doctor" working with the "shyster lawyer" to defraud corporations. "For it can

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