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Med-pay equals what doctor got from plan (access required)

A policyholder cannot recover medical payments for more than the amount a doctor has accepted as payment from a health insurance plan, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The unanimous decision reverses a Henrico County case allowing a policyholder ...

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Portion of comp lump sum goes to support (access required)

When a father paying child support received a large workers’ compensation settlement, he must include a portion of it as income for calculation under the child support guidelines, a Spotsylvania Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first ...

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Maximizing Damages in Personal Injury (access required)

HOT SPRINGS–Charles Becton picked up a small glass ball and held it high. “I have a crystal ball,” he intoned, mock-serious. “I can see your case files, a bunch of soft-tissue cases.” The clients are people like “Whiplash Willie” and ...

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VTLA launches website (access required)

HOT SPRINGS–The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association has launched into cyberspace. At its annual convention held at The Homestead, the VTLA debuted its new website for members. The address: http://www.vtla.com The website is the latest membership service offered by the association, ...

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Car-accident victim can stack med-pay (access required)

A girl injured in a car wreck can stack medical expenses coverage from her parents’ two insurance policies, a Lee County Circuit judge has ruled. The insurance company had tendered only $2,000 in med-pay coverage, arguing that that amount was ...

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Man?s severance is separate property (access required)

A man’s severance package is his separate property, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. The trial judge erred by including the payments as part of the marital estate during equitable distribution, the court found. ...

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