Valleywide Legal Blog

Hard To Believe But Insurance Company Policies Hurt Patients

I get it.  Insurance companies are in business to make money.  I don’t begrudge them a reasonable profit.  However, as evidenced by their behavior over the years, they can’t seem to operate without taking advantage of patients and patients are … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Doctors, Fee for Service, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, healthy living, Insurance Law, Medical Costs, Medicare, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes |

Why You Need Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage.

Not all my practice is devoted to the representation of victims of medical malpractice.  I also represent people who suffer serious injuries in automobile accidents.  These cases often involve uninsured or underinsured motorist issues.  Of course, by the time I … Read More

Posted in Insurance Law, Lawsuits, plaintiff |

Hospital Billing Practices Can Send You To The Poorhouse.

The way in which hospitals bill their patients is a sin.  It ought to be against the law, but it is not.  Hospitals can charge whatever they want for a medical procedure and often do.  Some studies have found that … Read More

Posted in drug companies, General Health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Insurance Law, Medical Costs, Secrecy |

Many Hospitals Prey On Their Patients

Last week’s New York Times ran an article about how rich hospitals profit from their patient’s car accidents.  The article showed how hospitals take advantage of old lien laws enacted to ensure patients received treatment in the days before widespread … Read More

Posted in Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Insurance Law, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, plaintiff |

The Pre-Existing Condition

For quite a few years now, we have been bombarded with references to “pre-existing conditions.”  All politicians seem to promise that they will protect the voters from losing coverage for pre-existing conditions.  A review of the record and of the … Read More

Posted in Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Insurance Law, Medical Costs |

The Cooperation Clause

THE COOPERATION CLAUSE DAMRON v. SLEDGE AND ITS PROGENY A PRIMER by William Sandweg III John Ager Every insurance contract imposes upon the insured party an express or implied duty to cooperate with the insurer.  This duty is commonly referred … Read More

Posted in Insurance Law |