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Negotiating Those Pesky Health Insurance Liens

NEGOTIATING STRATEGIES TO LIEN ON
When it comes to negotiating those pesky health insurance liens, don’t despair. Rejoice! These liens add value to your case. And handled properly, you can maximize both your fee and your client’s bottom line. Timing and tactics are the keys to unlocking this knotty task.

When is the best time to start the negotiation with the lien holder/collection…

Insurance Adjusters Are People Too

An adjuster suggested that my case was worth only “nuisance value.” I replied, “You may be willing to settle for nuisance value, but I have to tell you. I can be A VERY BIG NUISANCE…. Just ask my wife.” The adjuster chuckled.

I try to approach my communications with insurance companies and their lawyers with a touch of humility, and where appropriate, humor. They may be expecting…

The Value of a Human Life

How does one place a monetary value on life? Some say it cheapens human life to assess a financial value. Our justice system though provides only one remedy in the event that a negligent act results in loss of life, and that is money. So lawyers are often tasked with proving damages in these cases. Judges and juries assess value on that basis.
 
Pennsylvania law divides these cases up into two…

Insurance Adjusters are People Too

An adjuster suggested that my case was worth only “nuisance value”. That means, he was willing to pay the cost to defend the case (maybe $5,000), but no more. I replied, “You may be willing to settle for nuisance value, but I have to tell you. I can be A VERY BIG NUISANCE…. Just ask my wife. The adjuster chuckled.

I try to approach my communications with insurance companies and their…

Social Host and Dramshop Liability

With Memorial Day Weekend shortly upon us, thoughts turn to safety and alcohol consumption. Drunk drivers are of course responsible for the damage they cause. But often their insurance policy limits are inadequate to cover the losses they inflict on innocents.

The search for deep pockets generally focuses on two areas, social host liability and dramshop liability.

Social host liability…

Distracted Driving and the Philadelphia Amtrak Train Derailment

Distracted Driving and the Philadelphia Amtrak Train Derailment

In what might be described as the ultimate distracted driving case, eight people lost their lives and nearly 200 more were injured as a result of the worst American rail disaster in decades. The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015 carried 258 people, including eight Amtrak employees. The train, including a…

Gay Marriage and Injury Litigation

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U.S. House to Vote Tomorrow on Capping Non-Economic Damages and Limiting Contingency Fees

The so-called “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017” is coming to a floor vote tomorrow. I am asking my readers to contact their congressperson and ask that they vote “NO” to this legislation.

If this bill becomes law, it would limit damages for pain and suffering to $250,000 for anyone who receives medical care “provided in whole or in part via a federal program, subsidy or tax…

Donald Trump and Tort Reform

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