Nothing frustrates a Plaintiff’s lawyer like a healthcare lien that swallows up the majority of the recovery proceeds from a hard-won case. To aid plaintiff attorneys in the fight against healthcare lien reimbursement, Jarrett & Price have released a practical guide for trial attorneys and their staffs titled Healthcare Lien Resolution: A 5-Step Approach.
Healthcare liens asserted against the recovery proceeds of personal injury victims is an area of law that is notoriously frustrating for plaintiff attorneys. Agents for employers and healthcare plans routinely assert reimbursement rights to thousands of dollars of injured plaintiffs’
recovery proceeds. This reduces the settlement award to the victim, and often involves months of haggling and negotiations. Unfortunately, the laws protecting plaintiff’s against healthcare lien reimbursement are gray and constantly evolving. Recognizing the need for a practical manual to tackle this area of the plaintiff lawyer’s practice, Georgia trial lawyers Patrick Jarrett and Ben Price published this condensed practice guide. The book is available for purchase online or contact Jarrett & Price to request a copy.
The 5-step approach is intended as a condensed practice guide for plaintiff attorneys and their staff especially in the context of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The text reduces the complexity of lien resolution to five basic steps: improve the client intake process; obtain plan documents; how to review healthcare plan contracts; and when to assert defenses such as the “made-whole doctrine.” The goal is to help law firms reduce time and stress on attorneys and staff, while maximizing savings for their clients.
Patrick Jarrett and Ben Price are partners at Jarrett & Price LLC, a law firm located in Savannah, Georgia. In addition to operating a state-wide personal injury practice, the firm contracts with other plaintiff lawyers to investigate and resolve healthcare liens placed on their client’s recovery proceeds. To date, the firm has saved millions of dollars for those lawyers’ clients by reducing or defeating the liens.
The attorneys regularly speak on healthcare lien-related issues at trial lawyer seminars and have been published in trade magazines throughout the country, including publications for the Georgia Bar, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Nebraska Association of Trial Lawyers.