Letters from the issue of December 16, 2010
Insult to Injury
Lame suit: Ganesh Sohan and Bryan Rodriguez's lawsuit against 411-PAIN says the two men were misled into using the company's services so that the business could "secure insurance payments and reimbursement for medical services." ("Screwed," Lisa Rab, December 9) Who wants to join my class action lawsuit against Budweiser? They misled me into thinking buying beer would get me attractive women so they could secure beer payments and reimbursement for keg services.
Laissez-faire: 411-PAIN owner Robert Lewin is a marketing genius. While what he is doing is not illegal, it may be unethical in the eyes of some. Welcome to the free market. If people are stupid enough to use his services, shame on them, not on those who profit.
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Unfair practices: Great article. We pay some of the highest insurance premiums in the country despite having some of the lowest salaries. It's all a scam. It's unfortunate that just like everywhere else in the country, we have politicians instead of leaders. Nothing will be done about this, and people who do things the right way will continue to have to pay for the criminals among us.
Satisfied customer: I called 411-PAIN about two years ago after my car accident. The treatment I received was excellent. The staff actually seemed to care, and they reassured me and answered all of my questions to the best of their ability. When they didn't know something, I was told to ask my attorney, who was also very helpful and got me a great settlement, as well as a new car. I can't believe how one-sided and ridiculous this article is, and I won't be wasting my time reading your paper again.
Screw the needy: As an insurance claims adjuster and resident of Miami, I am all too familiar with 411-PAIN and similar services. A lot of times, we are talking about injuries that if left alone would resolve themselves in a matter of weeks. Yet for about three weeks of treatment, we get medical bills in excess of $5,000. There are people out there who get into car accidents and are really injured. Countless times, they will exhaust their benefits and still be in pain. These doctors and lawyers are some of the most unethical people I have ever dealt with, and the fact that someone working for an insurance company thinks so says a lot.
Slanted take: As a legal professional, it is frustrating that the actions of a few unscrupulous attorneys can cast a negative shadow on the entire profession. Although I found the article interesting, I found it to be one-sided. How do you trust an article from a paper whose main source of income is advertising revenue from pill-mill clinics and escort services?
Ticket to ride: Honestly, Sohan deserved to get screwed. He called this company because he was looking for a quick payday, like so many other people do who have been driving up insurance rates for years. This company needs to be shut down, and the operators possibly prosecuted, but I don't have a lot of sympathy for anybody who gets taken for a ride by them while trying to use them to take somebody else for a ride.
Scanning the Truth
Faceless allegations: Do some research before you go on your stupid rant about airport security being racist and stupid ("Luke's Gospel," Luther Campbell, December 9). Have you seen what TSA agents see on these scans? Clearly not. It looks like a computer image, and you don't even see a face. The person screening is in a separate room and cannot even see the person they are scanning. Everything in this article is based on assumptions that are incorrect. Everyone who reads it will become more ignorant and misinformed. It is sad that with all the unemployed people in our country, somehow you have a job, even though you are clearly not qualified.
Who's next: It is absolutely disgraceful that the same administration that fought so hard to block legislation in Arizona allowing police to ask the immigration status of a suspect in a criminal traffic stop, would then turn around and electronically strip-search or molest (your choice) every paying airline passenger. And by the way, travel by air is no more a right than having an Arizona driver's license.
Big Brother Watching
Trampled rights: The Miami-Dade Police Department buying an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is just one more extreme example of how day by day we continue to lose our basic rights ("Eye in the Sky," Tim Elfrink, December 9). The government feels they can trample all over us. Ironically, they get away with it.
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