Subrogating Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits In Alabama

Workers’ compensation subrogation in Alabama isn’t as clear as it might otherwise appear—especially when an employee dies. Alabama’s Survival Statute, § 6-5-462, did not change the common law rule that a cause of action in tort does not survive in … Learn More

Delaware Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Rights Do Not Extend to PPD And Commutation Benefits

The Delaware Supreme Court recently affirmed a ruling by a Delaware Superior Court which, in this author’s opinion, constitutes a potentially very dangerous and confusing opinion. Some might read the decision in ACW Corporation v. Maxwell, 2020 WL 678778 (Del. … Learn More

Virginia Trial Judge’s Order Fuels Rumor That Carrier Has No Lien for Lump-Sum Workers’ Compensation Settlement

An obscure and unpublished circuit court order from Buckingham County, Virginia, is being circulated by trial lawyers across the Old Dominion State for the proposition that a workers’ comp carrier is not entitled to subrogation for or reimbursement of any … Learn More

Florida Hospital Liens

Nothing in life is free. The common saying is especially true for medical services. Most states provide hospitals with unique statutory ways of ensuring that they are reimbursed for the services they provide—especially in the case of patients without health … Learn More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer would like to thank our clients and local counsel for a wonderful year and wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a blessed Holiday Season. Regardless of what Christmas means to you, we hope … Learn More

The Adventure of Subrogation Investigation

“Mr. Sherlock Holmes – You could not possibly have come at a better time!” the claims adjuster exclaimed. “This vehicle accident is a typical ‘he said, she said’ situation. Both drivers claim to have had the green light and there … Learn More

Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer Welcomes Allen M. Ratkowski To The Firm

Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C., (“MWL”) is pleased to welcome seasoned trial attorney Allen Ratkowski to the firm as litigation counsel in our Wisconsin office. Al brings with him a wealth of high-exposure litigation experience to bear on MWL’s subrogation … Learn More

Happy Thanksgiving From Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C.

During the brutal winter of 1620-21, Miles Standish, the English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military advisor for Plymouth Colony and one of the Mayflower passengers, played a leading role in the administration and defense of the colony. … Learn More

Settling Subrogation Claims And The Dreaded Release: Release Language, Indemnity, Hold Harmless, and Other Concerns

The bane of any subrogation professional’s existence is the dreaded release. It is no coincidence that when Zeus uttered the words, “Release the Kraken!” in the 1981 fantasy adventure film The Clash of the Titans, he chose the word “Release.” … Learn More

Arizona Court Rules Med Pay Carrier Only Responsible For Paying Reasonable Medical Expenses—Not Amount Billed To Insured

In the continuing struggle between recovery of medical expenses billed vs. recovery of discounted medical expenses paid by insurers, an Arizona federal court has sounded off on the duty and obligation of a Med Pay carrier with respect to paying … Learn More