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either attorney getting the best deal for their specific part of the claim – but may harm another element of the claim. Subrogation also encompasses medical bills paid by a private insurance carrier or Medicare/Medicaid, when the bills should have been paid by worker compensation or First Party benefits under the motor vehicle policy. This right is NOT absolute, and can be waived by lack of due diligence. This article is but a brief overview of the differences between Personal Injury and Workers Compensation practice. The Procedures, Burden of Proof, available benefits and even the method of paying counsel are drastically different in each forum. This short outline does not even begin to address complicating factors, such as how an award of Social Security, Short or Long Term disability or other forms of benefits may influence both the procedures and benefits payable. The “point” of identifying these dramatic differences is to demonstrate that an attorney needs to recognize what they don’t know – and, even with the best of intentions, should not seek to represent a client – if not experienced, and equipped to REALLY HELP them. Moreover, when experienced and equipped to represent only one aspect of a client’s multiple claims, coordinate your efforts with other counsel – to ensure the clients best interest is fully served. Mark R. Schmidt is a partner of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, he has practiced workers’ compensation exclusively since 1990, and is a certified workers’ compensation specialist, as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. George G. Rassias, received his undergraduate degree from University of Delaware in 1991 and his law degree from Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in 1994. Upon graduation from law school, Rassias clerked for the Hon.
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