Virginia: Car Accidents – a Lawyer’s SMART

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The September 2013 issue of Trial, the monthly magazine of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”), includes “Relief from the Medicare Secondary Payer Healthcare”. That article highlights federal legislation that delays an increasing number of vehicle accident and other settlements.

Unfortunately, many victims of personal injury and wrongful death cannot be disbursed their settlement proceeds – sometimes, cannot even reach a settlement – while awaiting final lien confirmation from the federal government re Medicare. Regrettably, such government documentation can take months, beyond the control of lawyers like Mr. Waterman.