Personal Injury Clinics Act as Case Brokers

Though "Akiva" was only a recent Russian immigrant who had no medical training whatsoever, he owned three personal injury clinics in Brooklyn.

On aJuly afternoon he sat behind his desk, turned up the radio, reached into his desk drawer and pulled out a manila folder full of new police reports. He placed a large yellow sticky note on each, and moved the first report across the desk to my friend, another newly admitted lawyer trying to break into the lucrative practice of personal injury law.

"This one is a child with a fracture," said Akiva, "and look at the plate on the car that hit him -- a livery car. Lots of coverage."

My friend wrote a figure on the sticky note --