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Future Damages, Phantom Damages, and More — The Challenging Future of MPL/HPL Damage Awards

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, Noon MT, 11 a.m. PT)

The webinar is FREE and available to PIAA members only. Click here to access the webinar on demand.

Description

As the severity of medical and healthcare professional liability (MPL/HPL) claims continues to increase, the potential for changes in how damages are awarded—and how much is awarded—has emerged as a critical focus of concern for MPL/HPL stakeholders. Some observers have highlighted the role of “guaranteed issue” under the Affordable Care Act in developing new ways to provide for future damage awards. But others question its ongoing relevance, as Congress continues to work on a mechanism for repealing the law. At the same time, the personal injury bar is attempting to inflate medical care awards by pushing for billed versus actual expenses, which will add substantially to severity trends.

In PIAA’s July webinar, a panel of legal experts will analyze both of these key issues, and more. Noted damage award specialists will discuss the latest groundbreaking court ruling on future damages, the Cuevas v. Contra Costa County decision in California, and explain its implications—with or without the Affordable Care Act in place. They will also review the latest trends in “phantom damages” claims, in which plaintiffs attempt to collect the costs of medical care that were billed, but never actually paid, and suggest some strategies for dealing with them.

Join PIAA on Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for this comprehensive discussion of the pressing issues in damage awards and some practical guidance on how best to prepare for the likely future trends and challenges in the MPL/HPL award environment.


Moderator

  Michael C. Stinson, JM
Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy, PIAA

Panel

 

Richard J. Montes
Partner, Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP

 
 

Robert H. Wright
Partner, Horvitz & Levy LLP