December 2020 Subrogation Newsletter
One of the appealing aspects of working in the subrogation industry is that cases come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some involve clear liability, others involve a very complicated piece of machinery, but no case sticks out more than those darned, “he said, she said” cases. The thoroughness of your early investigation efforts will have the greatest impact on your ability to successfully resolve a claim down the road. Save your future self the trouble and go through the steps of a thorough investigation during the beginning of a claim. You will thank yourself when your subrogation investigation efforts make proving a case elementary.
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An obscure and unpublished circuit court order from Buckingham County, Virginia, is being circulated by trial lawyers across the Old Dominion State for the proposition that a workers’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 amounts it “voluntarily” pays as compensation pursuant to a lump sum settlement of the workers’ comp claim for future benefits. The order created quite a stir because it appears to contradict many years of established Virginia workers’ compensation subrogation law and provide injured employees with the ability to reduce liens which included compromised workers’ compensation claims.
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 insurance. In general, public policy dictates that this medical care is important to our overall society – so it is also important for a hospital to be able to ensure that it is reimbursed for health care services it provides. Hospital liens are also often referred to as “health care provider liens” or “medical liens.” Every state handles them differently; and Florida is no exception.
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 your Christmas is full of holiday cheer shared with family and friends. For us at Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C., Christmas is just the beginning – a simple, yet wonderful reminder of Christ’s humble beginning as a human child in this world. It’s only a beginning because His birth merely set the stage for the power, glory, and salvation that would be revealed in His life, death, and resurrection come Easter morning. An important part of the holiday season is remembering those who make the holidays meaningful to us. We would like to wish you and your family all the happiness and prosperity this Season can bring and may it follow you throughout the coming year!