What Gives Hospitals and Government Health Benefit Plans the Right to Recover
March 9, 2023
Navigating the complex world of healthcare liens can be overwhelming, especially for cases involving military personnel, Veterans, Medicaid recipients and the uninsured who need hospital care. However, understanding the intricacies of programs like …
Hospital Liens and the Reasonable Value of Care
June 9, 2022
The “reasonable value” of healthcare is an issue that weaves throughout our entire system. Even so, there’s no concrete definition of what exactly is “reasonable value”. Dr. Gerard Anderson of Johns Hopkins University School …
Hospital “Liens” vs. “Debts”: A Distinction with a BIG Difference
May 13, 2021
Plaintiffs’ lawyers largely understand settlement proceeds which are subject to a claim of lien must be protected in trust, even against the client’s interests or wishes. An attorney may not serve as the …
White Paper: Hospital Liens Carry Ethical and Legal Obligations but present Opportunity for Deep Reductions
April 22, 2021
Michael D. Walrath, Esq.
Direct provider “liens” against settlement proceeds have teeth, whether hospital or physician liens, statutory or contractual. The various positions of state bar associations on these issues, and the limited law delineating them, have …
With Synergy’s Help, New York Times Exposes How Rich Hospitals Profit From Patients in Car Crashes
February 2, 2021
Synergy handles Hospital Lien disputes nationally on behalf of Trial Lawyers and their injured clients. Synergy’s Michael Walrath, Esq., as the nation’s leading authority on the nuances of state-specific hospital lien law and the facts underlying …
Hospital Liens: Factual and Legal Reduction Strategies
February 13, 2020
By: Michael Walrath
Some of the most frustrating and murky issues facing attorneys representing injured clients stem from alleged direct provider “liens” against settlement proceeds. The positions of various state bar associations on these issues, and the …
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.
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.…
TOP 50 MOST UNREASONABLE HOSPITAL LIENS
Increasingly trial attorneys are discovering that settlement of a personal injury or wrongful death claim with the tortfeasor can be the beginning not the end of negotiations or even litigation. Once settlement funds are received, the often-protracted lien resolution process …