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Evidence Based MSAs (EBMAs): Don’t Accept Blindly

B Josh Pettingill Evidence Based MSAs (EBMSAs) have taken the workers’ compensation industry by storm the past several years. It is imperative for workers’ compensation attorneys to understand how EBMSAs can impact both the settlement value, as well as your clients’ benefits post-resolution. EBMSAs can be a cost savings mechanism in resolving a workers’ compensation…

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Liability Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) Case Studies: Eliminate, Reduce & Comply

B. Josh Pettingill There is mounting evidence that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will establish formal guidelines for liability MSAs in the imminent future.  Medicare Secondary Payor compliance related to future medical care is an issue that can’t be ignored but that doesn’t necessarily mean setting up a Medicare Set-Aside on every…

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How to Close Cases Ethically & Compliantly for Disabled Clients

Jason D. Lazarus Suffering even a moderate personal physical injury can create difficult challenges both financially and emotionally for even the strongest among us.  However, what happens when someone suffers a serious or catastrophic personal physical injury causing permanent disability?  Do they get the proper counseling regarding the form of the settlement to protect their…

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Taking Advantage of the WCMSA Re-Review Process

B. Josh Pettingill We frequently receive inquiries regarding workers compensation MSAs (WCMSAs) and whether it is possible to get CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to re-review an MSA once an amount has already been approved. The good news is that it is possible. However, you only get one opportunity and certain criteria must…

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Understanding the Mechanics of Subrogation

How subrogation and reimbursement claims impact the injury victim’s settlement. When an individual suffers an injury and seeks medical attention, typically that care is paid for by an insurance carrier. Those bills might be paid by Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, or a plan provided through their employer. This is true even if the injury suffered was…

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Is Your Law Firm Partnering With the Right Consultant for Lien Resolution Services?

There are a myriad of benefits when law firms outsource lien resolution services. Law firms that partner with a reliable, third-party consultant that specializes in resolving liens can enjoy the following benefits: Reduced Operating Costs: Time is money and law firms improve their bottom line by outsourcing time-consuming tasks to experienced professionals.    Effective Results:…

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Should You Hire a Structured Broker or a Settlement Planner?

Securing the best future for the client is always a priority for an attorney in a personal injury case. Depending on the amount, it may be in the client’s best interest to have a structured settlement annuity instead of a lump sum payment. A structured annuity often works in your client’s favor because it is…

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Types of Annuity Payments

When your client is awarded a settlement, an annuity can be utilized to parse out payments and ensure that funds are being distributed sensibly. After working tirelessly to build your client’s case so that they receive a fair settlement, you want to guarantee that their settlement retains its value for years to come. An annuity,…

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How to Tell if Your Client Needs a Liability MSA

In a personal injury case, Medicare set aside (MSA) arrangements can be confusing for both the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s attorney. Most personal injury attorneys don’t have the experience to coordinate MSA arrangements for their clients. A lack of experience and knowledge can lead to liability for the trial attorney involved in the case. The…

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Lien Existence & Ethics, Redefined

Some of the most frustrating and murky issues facing attorneys representing injured clients stem from alleged “liens” against settlement proceeds. The Florida Bar’s position on these issues, and the limited laws delineating them, have been ever-shifting and evolving. Ethical Obligation to Protect Liens One constant in this otherwise uncertain area, is this: Attorneys representing injured…

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Hospital Price Transparency Law: Friend or Foe?

Michael Walrath, J.D. Plaintiff lawyers and injury victims are often required to resolve hospital liens and debts which arise from an injury caused by the negligence of another. These hospital charges attach to a plaintiff’s settlement proceeds in most states.[1] Most state statutes or county ordinances limit hospital liens to reasonable charges but fail to…

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Creating the Best Structured Settlement Plan For Your Client Part 2

In this two-part article, we are discussing the benefits of hiring a settlement planner. When a personal injury plaintiff is awarded a large settlement, they likely are not qualified to manage the funds they received in the settlement. There are many complex nuances in managing a settlement trust and its best to leave the financial…

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Creating the Best Structured Settlement Plan For Your Client Part 1

Many people have heard the phrase “structured settlement” and may even understand the basic concept of what this entails. However, they probably do not understand how this process actually works. More importantly, they may not understand why settlement planning can benefit them. In this two-part article, we will educate you on the reasons why you…

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TESTIMONIALS

“Synergy is our guiding light for deferring our contingent legal fees and planning for retirement. The lawyers at Panter Panter & Sampedro, myself included, have been working with them for over ten years using different methods to defer comp and plan for retirement.”

Brett Panter
Panter, Panter & Sampedro

"I don't think I've directly said "thank you" for helping us with Bridgett’s case. We sent the reduced payment to Medicaid and called Bridgett's mom to tell her approximately how much money was going to be left for Bridgett and she broke down over the telephone. Given only $25k of insurance and a $850k medical bill from the hospital she didn't think Bridgett would ever see a penny."

Tom L. Copeland
Jeffrey Meldon & Associates, P.A.

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