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Lien Resolution Success Story – Synergy uses Virginia’s anti-subro statute to reduce FEHBA repayment by 58% for a savings of $96,761.84

Synergy uses Virginia’s anti-subro statute to reduce FEHBA repayment by 58% for a savings of $96,761.84

This case involved a federal employee who suffered major injuries as a result of medical malpractice. The plaintiff engaged a renowned Virginia trial attorney and eventually secured a settlement of $900,000. The plaintiff’s medical benefits were provided under a Federal Employee Health Benefit Act (FEHBA) Plan and that Plan, through its recovery agent Optum, demanded 100% repayment of the malpractice related medical benefits they had provided. Through the FEHBA Plan, Optum relied on federal preemption of Virginia’s anti-subrogation statute as the basis for their unreasonable demand. Confronting this situation plaintiffs’ counsel engaged Synergy to assist in the resolution of this matter. Within a week Synergy had countered Optum’s assertion of preemption, advised them of the possibility of Virginia’s anti-subrogation statute as a complete bar to their claim, and obtained a reduction of 58% for a savings of $96,761.84.



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“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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