Articles, events and webinars of interest to personal injury attorneys

Join John Romano, Esq. for another great Connectionology Podcast as he catches up with Kyle Kinberger from HMR Servicing.
During this podcast they discuss some great topics including:

-What are some of the challenges in this space?
-Common misconceptions about medical funding
-What happens with cases that don’t settle for enough to pay all that’s owed and cases that are lost
-Thoughts on tort reform in various markets
-How HMR came to specialize in TBI cases
And more!

We hope you and yours stay safe during this joyous time! We are so thankful to have worked with so many great attorneys this past year, and look forward to helping you and your injured clients in the year to come.

Premises liability cases are difficult, time-consuming, and often expensive to litigate.  For those interested in learning how to handle premises cases, guidance and instruction can be hard to come by.  If you are interested in handling premises cases, this webinar is for you!

We are pleased to announce the first and only national organization for trial attorneys who handle premises liability cases. The National Association of Premises Liability Attorneys (NAPLA) exists to support those attorneys who seek justice for those injured or killed because an owner or occupier of a premises didn’t meet their responsibilities for safety.

The HMR Team had a great time at Trial Lawyer University’s conference this year! Congrats again to the winners of the Ping Pong Showdown!

In this webinar replay, Randy teaches you the basics of identifying carbon monoxide poisoning cases, why it can be so detrimental for your client and how to prepare them for the courtroom.

Dig deeper into imaging of acute spinal trauma as it relates to personal injury cases. Learn when to image in acute spinal trauma and more!

We invite you to join an all-star lineup of attorneys, legal technologists, and other thought leaders for two days of lively panel discussions on a wide range of topics—including case management software, mass tort strategy, digital marketing and much more—as well as Hugo Chanez, Dr. Travis Snyder and Kyle Kinberger reprising their very popular Neuroimaging: How to Get the Best Evidence for Your TBI Case presentation.

Watch the 2nd part of this Webinar to learn even more about the array of neuroimaging tools available to help you prove a TBI, how to get it into evidence and deal with challenges in court. There will be discussion on why it is not junk science, how to pay for it, why you need a high quality database of past scans for comparison, and why it’s NOT a silver bullet – but IS an important part of the TBI puzzle.

Hugo L. Chanez, Esq., with Mitchell Sanchez, Neuroradiologist Specialist Dr. Travis Snyder, DO with SimonMed Imaging, and Kyle Kinberger with HMR Servicing, talk more about this important topic.

Watch this Webinar Replay to learn more about the array of neuroimaging tools available to help you prove a TBI, how to get it into evidence and deal with challenges in court. There will be discussion on why it is not junk science, how to pay for it, why you need a high quality database of past scans for comparison, and why it’s NOT a silver bullet – but IS an important part of the TBI puzzle.

This session was so successful that Hugo L. Chanez, Esq., with Mitchell Sanchez, Neuroradiologist Specialist Dr. Travis Snyder, DO with SimonMed Imaging, and Kyle Kinberger with HMR Servicing, will be back on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET to talk more about this important topic.

Watch this replay to learn more about how to identify mTBIs in your clients and the importance of working with experienced TBI specialists in documenting, identifying and determining future care needs. Mr. Chanez and Dr. Swint will be discussing a recent TBI case they worked on together.

You will have a special opportunity to hear from Hugo L. Chanez, Esq. a partner at Mitchell Sanchez in New Orleans, Louisiana, Susan L. Swint, M.D. from Resilient Life Care in La Grange, Kentucky, and Kyle Kinberger from HMR based in Richmond, Virginia.

With summer in full swing and the current difficulties of being indoors, many of us are eager to spend more time outside. But getting out for a stroll is becoming an increasingly risky past-time. So risky in fact that the number of pedestrians killed in traffic has risen sharply, hitting an alarming three-decade high. 6,283 pedestrians were killed and around 137,000 injured in 2018.

There is a significant pleasing joy that I get when I’m sitting with my case research and I’m anticipating opposing counsel’s next move and then I preemptively respond before he makes his next move. It is quintessential chess, and for me that’s what makes me work long hours. Not to pay the bills, but to have a mastery of litigation.

“I respect the law and I trust my skill.”

Mr. Willie G. Johnson, Jr.

Just as COVID has advanced telemedicine to where it has now been approved by Medicare and thereby nearly all private health insurance under the President’s 1135 waiver authority and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, our legal authority to work remotely has also been advanced due to the Judicial Council of California’s response to COVID.

In this Concussive Brain Injury webinar replay Dr. Nathan Zasler, who is subspecialty certified in brain injury medicine and an internationally known expert in the field of brain injury, reviews current concepts and limitations regarding:
– Concussive brain injury classification
– Diagnosis
– Treatment and outcomes  

He also discusses some of the confounds that lawyers should be aware of in the context of examining cases of claimed concussive brain injury and has provided several articles that were mentioned during the webinar.

Webinar Replay – Life Care Planning in Personal Injury Cases: Understanding Fundamentals and Avoiding Common Pitfalls
You’ll learn about the purpose, goals and multi-dimensional nature of life care planning; especially as it relates to cases involving litigation.

What is Quantitative Pupillometry?

It’s a quick, noninvasive, method of analyzing changes in pupil size that may indicate signs of brain injury much quicker, and less costly, than other methods – it may become a handy tool for helping to determine if your clients have also sustained a TBI even if there are no obvious signs of a brain injury.

QP is becoming more common and only takes approximately 2 minutes to administer.

Medical Funding is provided by a medical funding company that may purchase medical bills, often associated with a plaintiff involved in a personal injury case, from a medical provider at an agreed upon rate.

Otherwise, what is an attorney to do if their uninsured or underinsured plaintiff needs medical help, but they are not able to find a medical provider who will accept a medical lien to provide the needed services?

What is Medical Funding?

In its simplest form, medical funding is a service that is offered by a medical funding company where medical bills associated with a personal injury case can be purchased from a medical provider who may not want to hold a lien and have to wait for a legal case to settle before they are paid.

All of us at HMR are truly honored to have been chosen as the best Medical Funding Company in Virginia by the attorneys that we’ve helped with many of their toughest personal injury cases.

Please let us know if you ever have an uninsured or underinsured client in need of medical funding while you fight for the justice they deserve! We can help plaintiffs nationwide with their medical funding needs. 888-377-1245 or [email protected]

Watch this recorded webinar with Dr. Nathan Zasler, founder, CEO and CMO of the Concussion Care Centre of Virginia and Tree of Life Services, where you’ll learn about the changing healthcare environment and how it is impacting TBI care.

Specifically, neurorehabilitation across the severity spectrum, focusing on the importance of specialized post-acute transitional and long-term services for those with more complex or catastrophic acquired brain injuries.

Josh said the defense fought him on the collateral source rule during trial, “they argued like crazy about the bills” and “the judge said there was absolutely nothing improper about the agreements and based on the current state of the law in Louisiana, the arrangements were proper.”

In 2014, an estimated 2.5 million people visited an emergency department for a Traumatic Brain Injury-related injury, 13.2% of those with a TBI diagnosis in the ED were due to a motor vehicle accident.

From 2006 to 2014 there was a 24% increase for TBI-related ED visits as a result of motor vehicle crashes according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). A majority of these ED patients, over 2.2 million, were treated and released from an emergency department with no hospitalization.

In 2016, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and almost 5 times more likely to be injured. There are over 100,000 motorcycle accidents a year…When a motorcyclist wakes up in the hospital, their first question is often how they will pay for their medical bills. Many motorcyclists do not have health insurance. Many others are under-insured with insurance that doesn’t cover all of the post-hospital care they need. Still others have thin coverage with high deductibles, leaving them with huge out-of-pocket costs.

Injured motorcyclist suffered broken bones, internal organ damage, and a traumatic brain injury that put him in a coma for months, even though he was wearing a helmet. He was hospitalized for 14 months and is confined to a wheelchair and in need of 24-hour assistance for the rest of his life. He had no health insurance coverage for the treatment that his medical providers recommended. His medical providers agreed to treat him when HMR became involved.

The team at HMR decorated a bubble gum machine pumpkin for the 8th Annual Pumpkin for Kid’s decorating contest, which benefits the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Our pumpkin is proudly on display at the Childrens Hospital of Richmond at VCU!

A special thanks to all of the companies that came together this year to decorate pumpkins to bring to children and families during their time in the hospital. There were 93 large pumpkins decorated this year, we can’t wait to see the designs next year!

HMR was honored to be a sponsor of the Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law and Up and Coming Lawyers Awards ceremony on Thursday of last week. The John Marshall was packed with some of the finest attorneys from around Virginia enjoying some wonderful food and conversation.

John Romano of Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach, Florida discussing why he chose HMR for his plaintiff’s medical funding needs.

Understanding how and when to use a Medical Finance company to get full Charged Bills admissible at trial in California Personal Injury Cases

Learn from a professional how to best screen and structure your serious injury cases to include the full hospital charge master charges your client has taken on while recovering from injuries caused by the negligence of another.

During this webinar with Jesse Chrisp, an award winning personal injury attorney in California, you’ll learn the details behind getting the full medical bills admitted at trial when your clients care was obtained by using an assignment later sold to a medical finance company.

An estimated 1 in 3 adults with an established credit history — or 77 million people — are so far behind on their debts that their account has been put “in collections.” And statistics support that about half of these collection cases involve debt collectors seeking to collect on unpaid medical debt. This is a highly stressful situation that many plaintiffs in personal injury cases find themselves in.

HMR can help to keep medical debt collectors at bay by paying to purchase the plaintiff’s medical bills and even providing cash for living expenses as they recover from their accident. Plaintiffs who are injured often have no medical insurance or they may have limited funds to pay for the medical care they require. In other situations, they may have health insurance but high insurance deductibles cannot be afforded to pay or policy limits that are too low to provide desperately-needed medical care. We are personal injury medical funding experts and specialize in catastrophic cases, which many funding companies avoid.

We purchase medical accounts receivables associated with personal injury cases, typically where the plaintiff is uninsured or underinsured. We work with medical providers from a variety of specialties related to personal injuries, from imaging, pain management, and physical therapy all the way up to neuropsychologists, orthopedists and spine surgeons. Whether it’s one bill or many medical bills associated with a catastrophic injury, we may be able to purchase these medical bills so the plaintiff can concentrate on recovery and the attorney can concentrate on achieving the best case outcome.

Matt Powell of Matt Law discusses why he works with HMR on serious personal injury cases where his plaintiffs need medical care and cannot afford to pay for it before the case settles.

A better understanding of the seriousness of a TBI can help your client get the treatment they may need and the verdict they deserve.
Watch this past webinar with John Zacharias and his nationally renowned team at Advantage Healthcare Systems and learn about TBI identification and treatment options for your clients.

– TBI Assessment – Simple screening options
– Process and timeframes for evaluation, such as neurologist, then neuropsychologist
– Types of care; Day program, In-home and Telemedicine
– Early identification and better medical results

By taking advantage of the core competency of a full service medical funding company, medical providers can receive prompt payment for aging personal injury accounts receivable. By adopting this cash management strategy you will also reduce the inherent administrative costs associated with tracking these cases, thus increasing your bottom line. This frees your practice from the hassle of vetting, tracking and pursuing collections on your personal injury cases, allowing you to concentrate on what you do best, caring for your patients.

From a medical provider’s standpoint, the risk involved with accepting a Letter of Protection (LOP) for third party liability medical services is often just too risky. Why accept the risk of non-payment when working with a medical funding company, like HMR, could free the medical provider from the stress of having to wait months, if not years, for the underlying legal case to close?

Here’s the catch 22: Jane is unable to pay for the medical care she may need; but because she cannot afford to seek medical treatment, she may not be able to prove the extent of her injuries in order for her attorney to fight for the fair settlement she deserves. That is a tough situation for someone who was injured at no fault of her own.

So what are Jane’s options?

This was a tough premises liability case where my client fell and struck his head on the hard floor sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

When I was first introduced to this client he was both irrational and suicidal. As a result of his most recent head trauma he was suffering from forgetfulness, his personality adversely changed as he was even more easily upset than usual. He was depressed all the time, his vision was blurred and he was very sensitive to light – therefore he was no longer able to umpire baseball games. He had a general feeling of worthlessness. His past medical records showed he attempted to hang himself years earlier so we knew he was of a fragile mental state…