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Insurance Fraud

We have written before on the various attempts at fraud perpetrated by insurance salesmen. We have also handled numerous cases of egregious insurance fraud. Fraud in the insurance industry is not going away. Banner Life Insurance was recently hit with a $40.5 million settlement for fraudulently increasing the cost of insurance premiums. The case, filed...[Read More]

Radiologist Loses Medical License

Why does this keep happening? A Richmond area radiologist,  Michael J. Bigg, MD, has been summarily suspended from medical practice amid allegations of repeatedly missing signs of cancer in his patients’ mammograms.  The Virginia Board of Medicine found Michael J. Bigg’s practice constituted a danger to public health or safety. Dr. Bigg owns the Allison...[Read More]

Virginia’s New Whistleblower Law: Timing Is Critical

Virginia’s new whistleblower protection law, HB 798, becomes effective July 1, 2020. It provides a host of broad protections for employees who suffer retaliatory conduct by their employer. A key aspect of this law is the issue of timing. Understanding this issue is critical to the success or failure of whistleblower claims. Predictably, the business...[Read More]

Non-Competes No Longer Enforceable for Lower Income Workers

A landmark new law passed by the Virginia legislature will render many non-competition provisions unenforceable. House Bill 330 states that non-competition provisions can no longer be enforced against “low wage” employees. The statute defines “low wage” as less than the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth. This is a significant change and an amount much...[Read More]

Medicaid Fraud

Medicaid is a state and federally funded health care program that uses taxpayer dollars to cover the medical needs of low income individuals. When health care employees take advantage of this program by submitting false claims for financial profit, all taxpayers suffer. If you believe your employer is submitting false claims to Medicaid, you may...[Read More]

Medicare “Education”

“Hi, Mr. /Mrs. ___________ my name is Fred Smith and I’m excited to talk to you today to educate you about Medicare!” Many Virginia residents have heard this refrain over the phone or in person at some point over the past few years. Insurance companies have instructed their salesmen to use such statements as part...[Read More]

Whistleblowers Perform a Social Good

In recent years, whistleblower litigation has increased significantly. A wide range of new legislation includes whistleblowing provisions such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill, False Claims Act for federal financial fraud, and Virginia’s new whistleblower law (HB 798) on employer retaliation. Contrary to the assertion of many in the business lobby, whistleblowers perform an...[Read More]

I was hurt in a car wreck. How do I get the treatment I need?

Coronavirus is changing our world every day, every hour.  As we try to keep up with it all, there are still practical questions that need answers.  Here’s one we expect to hear more of, “I have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence (like in a car wreck), how do I get the treatment I...[Read More]

What is a D.O.? (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)

As discussed before on this website, all doctors are not created equal. Like everyone else, doctors have different skill sets, levels of aptitude, training and experience. Doctors are people after all. Many patients do not realize the distinction between a D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine) and an M.D. (medical doctor). Patients often say “they’re both doctors.” The truth, however, is that a significant difference exists between the two.

Did Your Doctor Graduate From a Caribbean Medical School?

We discuss at length the importance of choosing your doctor on this blog. There are a variety of factors patients can, and should, consider when selecting a doctor to provide medical care. One such factor is the medical school the doctor attended. All medical schools are not created equal. Just like anything else, some are...[Read More]