November 2008


Considering the outcome of Emma Murray, I thought today I would highlight a case about attorney fees and payment of medical bills.  For many adjusters, the laborious process of paying doctor hospital bills is one filled with delays and red tape, particularly with getting the vendors to submit their bills properly (on HCFA forms).  More often than not, a vendor bill is paid weeks or months (sometimes years) after the date of service. 

Many Claimant attorneys took advantage of this and filed various petitions for benefits seeking payment of the delinquint bills, whenever Claimant’s recieved notices in the mail.  Many doctors and hospitals still send bills to injured workers even though payment is not their responsiblity (as dictated in section 440.13).   If a Carrier pays these bills more than 30 days after the filing of the petition, the Claimant attorney puts his hand out expecting a fee. 

That is until now, thanks to Orange County v. Willis.

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This has been in the works for quite a few months, but it finally became official yesterday.   The entire insurance defense practice of Fowler White Boggs Banker split off to form an entirely new law firm.  This includes the Workers’ Compensation practice, of which I am proud to be part of.  

The new law firm is named Banker Lopez Gassler, P.A.  The split is completely cordial and my new firm is subleasing the same space from Fowler White.  I am literally not moving desks (not having to move is so nice!).   You can read about the split in the St. Pete Times

So, my contact information is changed and will be reflected in the “About” section of this blog.  But, you can now reach me at mrabinowitz@bankerlopez.com.  My phone number remains exactly the same. 

The bottomline the desk remains the same, the phone remains the same, and this blog will remain the same; providing you with the latest updates in Florida Workers’ Comp law and, of course, my insightful analysis.