WACHP is proud to announce the members of its 2021 Diversity Committee
The members of the committee are Ashley Rice, Rakhi McNeill, Brian McCarthy and Marcia Freeman. Diversity Members Announcement
Rakhi McNeill has been nominated to the Board of the CLM Greater Atlanta Chapter
Congratulations Rakhi McNeill for being nominated to the Board of the CLM Greater Atlanta Chapter. She has been named the director of events. We look forward to attending any future events that Ms. McNeill organizes.
Congratulations to Hilliard Castilla
Hilliard Castilla has been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, which is associated with the ABA. This is a significant honor which only 1% of lawyers receive. The award is a sign of extraordinary leadership in the legal community. Only a select few are even nominated. Congrats Hilliard!
Casey Brown has been Selected as the Recipient of the WACHP Community Spirit Award
Please join us in congratulating associate Casey Brown as the inaugural recipient of the WACHP Community Spirit Award. Casey’s commitment to pro bono legal matters, volunteer efforts, and fundraising in our community are commendable. Casey has done pro bono work with the Cherokee County ADA office and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Fund. He has also served the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Congratulations to Hilliard Castilla for his Invitation to Join the Fellows of the American Bar Association
Hilliard Castilla recently accepted an invitation to join the Fellows of the American Bar Association. This honor is limited to one percent of the legal profession in each jurisdiction. The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for the empirical study of law.
October Attorney Spotlight
Thank you to firm associates Andrea Baker and Lucy Aquino for not only spending each day working to achieve lawful and just outcomes for clients, but also for their efforts to support our election process by volunteering through “We the Action,” a group of lawyer volunteers, to assist voters encountering issues on election day.
Significant Tenets in the Defense of Negligent Security Claims
Important Tenets in Defense of Negligent Security Claims – UPDATED
If you want to know why the business of medical coding should not be ignored when defending against personal injury claims, you should read this article by our own Alexandra Svoboda.
This article touches on the issues of billing practices of medical providers and discusses the reasons for hiring a medical billing expert. Billing Issues
WACHP Congratulates Marcia Freeman
WACHP is pleased to announce that Marcia Freeman has been appointed to the GDLA Board of Directors.
KEEPING THEM HONEST: MEDICAL FUNDING COMPANIES, POTENTIAL FOR UNNECESSARY TREATMENT AND INFLATED BILLS, AND HIDING BEHIND THE COLLATERAL SOURCE RULE
A medical funding company (“MFC”) is an entity which pays for the medical treatment of injured plaintiffs. They are typically paid back when those plaintiffs settle or obtain a verdict in their favor. MFCs make their money by contracting with doctors in advance of the treatment provided to pay less than the amount the doctors charged the plaintiffs. For example, an MFC will agree to send patients to a surgery center and pay the surgery center less than 20% of the surgery center’s charged amount. The surgery center then releases any further claims it has for payments, although the patient is bound to pay the MFC the full “charged” amount. While MFCs take the position that they serve a legitimate and helpful purpose, an incentive exists to steer plaintiffs towards doctors who will provide unnecessary treatment at inflated prices with the intention of maximizing the MFC’s profit. The result is increased costs passed along to consumers in the form of higher insurance premiums, doctor’s bills, and legal fees. At present, there are no regulations or laws specifically relating to MFCs. Furthermore, MFCs have taken the position that the Georgia collateral source rule provides a blanket opportunity to hide the details of the involvement of MFCs in litigation. However, the collateral source rule does not necessarily shield evidence of MFC involvement from discovery. One does not have to think too hard to see why the relationship between doctors and an MFCs are ripe for abuse. MFCs’ profits depend on the amount […]