Medicare and PI Cases

In many of our auto accident cases and in some of our workers’ compensation cases Medicare pays a bill that is generated for medical treatment. It is usually an emergency room bill because the emergency room business office grabs the first card they can from the distressed and injured person, and many times that card is a Medicare card instead of a group insurance card or a workers’ compensation employer’s name and number. Medicare will pay the bill.

When Mediation Negotiations Get Stuck

There are a number of well qualified mediators in the Atlanta Metro market to help parties resolve disputes. There are a number of retired Court of Appeals Judges, retired Superior Court Judges, retired and active Administrative Law Judges and many successful attorneys who just want to move from litigation responsibilities to perform their new found job as a Mediator.

Opioid Crisis

Is there an opioid epidemic in Georgia and the United States in general? The answer is an emphatic yes, and everyone would agree from the CDC to the American Medical Association to even our Legislature and Medical Professionals. The question is, how do we take care of this problem?

Unions

In the Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 edition, one of the lead articles stated “Former UAW (United Auto Workers) Official Charged in Investigation at Fiat/Chrysler.” I have never been known as a fan of Unions. Some of my Colleagues spend all day representing injured union workers. They get their business from the union bosses. In my opinion the union bosses are there to help themselves and not the union members at large. In the workers’ compensation field, unions have little value.

Total Disk Replacement

Just when you thought that the spinal fusion operation was going out of “style” comes a newer version that is called the total disc replacement. It is a total intervertebral body joint replacement. This unit is made of titanium metal, the type of metal that promotes bone growth. It is said to last fifty years, so it can be used at any time in a person’s injury, not just for a person who is at advanced age.

Statistics

In late 2018, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation published statistics for the entire year 2017, their last full year of numbers. What is most interesting to note is the amount of payments by employers and insurers and self-insurers for medical care. This number was greater than the payment of weekly workers’ compensation payments to the injured worker. Here is the breakdown: Payments to workers for lost time: $651,233,036.00 Payments to all medical treatments: $713,012,567.00 What does this tell us? To me it says that I should have set out on a different career path – medicine! All kidding...

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Instant Gratification

Many folks in the US today want instant gratification. They want to tap the cellphone and get news, sports, entertainment and weather in an instant. Click on Google and get your question answered instantly. Unfortunately, that is not how the law works. I wish I could tell you that “One Call Gets It All”, as some of the big TV advertisers suggest. This catchy phrase is so far from the truth that I think almost everyone now understands this. It takes multiple conversations with our clients, multiple documents to be completed and mailed out, filing for hearings, correspondence with other lawyers...

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Access to Physicians

There are many of time when a client comes to me in an automobile accident case and they are treated by a doctor who has not ordered any diagnostic testing. How on earth can one establish a diagnosis when the doctor will not take the time to order a CT scan, an MRI, EMG, or a nerve block or any other diagnostic testing? It just cannot be done. One of the rules that we have in our office is that we must make a determination as to what is the diagnosis of our client’s condition. Simply put, one cannot properly treat without...

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To Tell the Truth…Always

I got a call from a potential client who lives and works in Covington, Georgia. It is about an hour’s drive from Atlanta. She said she had a lawyer but fired him because he didn’t care about and didn’t spend any time on her case. This lady worked in a manufacturing company and made good money. She described a lifting and twisting incident that caused her immediate low back pain. I decided to go meet her because she said she had an MRI which showed a very serious disc herniation. She said she was not able to work and was not receiving...

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