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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 12, 2014

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Samuel P. Helmbrecht, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, 1st Choice Spine & Rehab, P.C.

Attorneys 2:

R. Kreis White, Brentwood, Tennessee, for the appellee, Aaron Schwartz.

Judge(s): BENNETT

This case arises from a personal injury lawsuit in which a plaintiff sought damages for injuries she sustained in a car accident. The defendant driver requested documents from plaintiff’s healthcare provider. The healthcare provider failed to produce all of the requested documents and was held in civil contempt. As sanctions, the trial court, inter alia, discharged the healthcare provider’s fees for medical services charged to the plaintiff and held the provider in violation of certain chiropractic regulations. On appeal, the healthcare provider asserts that the trial court lacks authority to discharge the healthcare provider’s fees or to find it in violation of the chiropractic regulations. We agree that the trial court erred, and we vacate that portion of the trial court’s order discharging the fees for medical services and finding a violation of the chiropractic regulations.