ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - Mar 12, 2013) - According to KEL Attorneys, a comprehensive legal services firm, personal injury claims are filed by victims for a wide variety of reasons -- specifically to seek compensation for damages caused by negligence. While most who receive adequate legal representation are able to acquire proper compensation, a recent article from NPR reveals, "Medicare beneficiaries who win a settlement in a personal injury liability case sometimes find their efforts are for naught because the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ends up getting the money they thought would be theirs."
As a firm that provides legal services to individuals seeking out representation in personal injury claims, KEL Attorneys notes in a recent press statement, "Although Medicare provides a very valuable service, the delays of Medicare bureaucracy often hold up final settlements. In the case highlighted by noted NPR article, such delay could expose the injured person and their attorney to liability where an early Medicare response is later amended resulting in a much larger Medicare lien."
According to the NPR article, many personal injury attorneys and victims may have a new sense of hope as lawmakers are encouraging a new law that may refine the Medicare claims process. The law, referred to as the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act, would not only provide greater financial compensation to the actual victim but enforce a series of changes beneficial to the beneficiaries. Most of the stipulations outlined in the Act are designed to limit the amount of time, Medicare -- and its beneficiaries -- have to act on a claim, as well as process and provide payment to the rightful party. In its press statement, KEL Attorneys responds, "The changes noted in the article to require Medicare to respond in a timely manner will be extremely helpful to injured persons."
Always dedicated to a high level of service to its clients, KEL Attorneys hopes that the new law will be met with a favorable approval, and allow personal injury victims to receive rightful compensation. "If the changes become law, injured people will be able to put more of the settlement funds in their own pockets, even at the possible expense of Medicare being reimbursed. The injured person should not be penalized for governmental red-tape," concludes KEL Attorneys in its press statement.
KEL Attorneys has served the diverse legal needs of individual clients, families and business owners since 1999. With a team of more than 200 legal professionals, KEL Attorneys is committed to seeing clients through every stage of the legal process. Qualified, knowledgeable and experienced legal representatives are available to counsel clients in nearly every practice area of law. Headquartered in Florida, this law firm serves clients in 19 states across the United States of America. In addition to offering comprehensive services to its clients, KEL Attorneys strives to bring positive change to the lives of their clients.