Connecticut trial attorney Kathryn Emmett had heard a lot of ugly stories about how the system worked.

People known as “runners” would be on stand-by, listening to police scanners and waiting for an auto accident to occur so they could rush to the scene. Their job was to contact accident victims and steer them toward specific doctors, chiropractors and, often, personal injury lawyers. The runners would be paid for each client they delivered; sometimes the runners would wait in busy hospital emergency rooms and spot people waiting to be treated and then whisk them out with a promise that they knew a doctor who could see the person immediately.

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