Congratulations to our Hawaii doctors and medical providers for their recent court victory against the billion-dollar insurance industry! Insurers in Hawaii routinely refuse to pay medical bills, by making excuses such as unilaterally down-coding doctors' bills. Such insurance company profit-fattening practices are driving good doctors out of our state and even out of the practice of medicine. In Orthopedic Associates v. HIG (Haw. Sup. Ct. 12-7-05), the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that auto insurers failed to comply with statutory denial and notice requirements when they "down-coded" tens of thousands of medical bills owed to doctors for treatment arising out of motor vehicle accidents. "Up-coding" tens of thousands of these claims will get our Hawaii providers paid hundreds of thousands of dollars wrongfully withheld. Such payments may also allow the person injured in the related auto accident - whom the auto insurers had wrongfully prevented from making Hawaii's $5,000.00 medical expense tort threshold - to bring claims for their accident-related injuries.
Moving a flagpole near live electrical wires can be very dangerous. A Grayson County, Texas jury has awarded more than $15.6 million to the families of 3 victims of an accident that occurred while they were moving a flagpole in May 2017. The electrocution killed 1 and injured 2. The property manager of the apartment complex where the flagpole was located was found to be negligent for placing the flag pole too close to overhead power lines. See, An award of $15.6 million for 3 victims of electrocution.
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