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Farmers hit with $9.5 million jury verdict for failing to pay full medical reimbursements

A Multnomah County jury in December 2003 found that Farmers Insurance acted in bad faith and systematically defrauded thousands of Oregon policyholders by failing to reimburse the full amount of their medical expenses from automobile accidents. After a five week trial, the jury returned a verdict of $1.5 million in compensatory damages and $8 million […]

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Personal Injury Protection; Getting Your Auto Injury Patients’ Bills Paid: A Review Aand Update

Physicians and their office staffs are often frustrated by the Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) system. You may want to pass this article along to the head of your billing office. All passenger auto liability policies in Oregon are required to provide PIP coverage for prompt payment of reasonable and necessary medical expenses resulting from an […]

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Insurance Companies Use “Colossus” To Assess Medical Records And Settle Claims

If your patient has a personal injury claim, there is a good chance that your medical records will be sifted for certain data to be fed into a computer. Insurance companies created and employ a program called “Colossus” which compares your patients claim against those of other accident victims across the country.  This comparison is used too […]

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PIP Insurer Pays Meds Plus $200K For Failure To Pre-Authorize Surgery

In a June 2003 decision, the Oregon Court of Appeals found that Farmers Insurance Company had breached its contract to provide personal injury protection (PIP) benefits when it failed to preauthorize the full cost of knee replacement surgery necessitated by automobile accident injuries. The Court affirmed the jury verdict awarding $26,000 in economic damages and […]

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Fibromyalgia: Is It Caused By Injury Trauma? Can It Be Disabling?

Fibromyalgia is the subject of varying opinions among medical professionals. It is certainly controversial in the medical-legal arena. One area of disagreement is its etiology: What causes fibromyalgia? More specifically, in the context of personal injury lawsuits: Is fibromyalgia caused by traumatic injuries? If so, can it result in disability? In a recent personal injury […]

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Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Bennett offer added insights about Fibromyalgia, Trauma and Disabling Pain

When we contacted Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Bennett for their comments on the fibromyalgia article in this issue, both of them had more to say. Dr. Goodwin addressed an apparent widespread misunderstanding concerning psychogenic pain. He also stressed the importance of distinguishing FMS from other pain syndromes and a rheumatologic disorder of similar presentation. Contrary […]

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