Senior Counsel Matthew J. Focht recently hosted a seminar with the National Business Institute (NBI) focusing on auto injury litigation. The seminar addressed some of the major challenges attorneys may face including government claims, ethical considerations and juror biases. Focht’s talk focused on repayment of a variety of types of subrogation liens, including military Tricare liens, Medicare and Medicaid liens, and liens asserted by private health insurance carriers. According to Focht, repayment of such liens is of critical importance, not only to the attorney’s client, but also to the attorney himself. Failure to repay such liens could result in loss of benefits for the client, having to repay the lien out of the client’s personal funds, and/or ethical complaints against the attorney. Therefore, it is critical that liens get repaid correctly – the first time. Focht’s talk also discussed the steps that can be taken while a case is pending so that liens are in a position be paid promptly and in the correct amount once a case has resolved.
Focht is a trial lawyer in JGL’s Personal Injury practice group, where he helps individuals who have been seriously injured in avoidable accidents recover the compensation they deserve. He has earned a strong reputation among opposing lawyers and clients for his surgeon-like approach to resolving personal injury disputes based on his tireless work ethic and his commitment to solving clients’ problems with unparalleled skill and precision during times of extreme crisis.