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October 2012 Archives

US Supreme Court to Hear Personal Injury Lien Question

On October 1st, 2012, the United States Supreme Court opened its current session. This year, the Supreme Court will address a question that frequently impedes personal injury or wrongful death settlements. The question before the Supreme Court will be to what extent a victim of personal injury must repay ERISA based health plans for medical expenses paid by the medical insurance provider when there has been a settlement of that personal injury claim.

"Parental Alienation Syndrome" Excluded as a Mental Disorder

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) maintains a manual listing all of the recognized mental health disorders in a publication known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This manual is commonly referred to as the "DSM" and the APA is getting ready to publish its fifth edition. The manual will be known as "DSM-5".

Personal Injury Protection Rate Filings Show Insurance Companies Not Reducing Rates, So Far...

House Bill 119 deals with Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Protection (or "PIP") and was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on May 4, 2012. The Bill was touted as being designed to reduce the rates charged by insurance companies to consumers for mandatory PIP coverage. The Bill is supposed to accomplish this by fighting PIP fraud. The Bill revised the medical fee schedule, limited the healthcare professionals that may treat injured motorists and passengers eligible to make PIP claims and limited the amount of PIP benefits that can be paid for non-emergency treatment. The bill also changed how personal injury lawyers get paid to litigate PIP cases.

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