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Distributing settlement not enough to hold law firm accountable for lien

When Watertown Regional Medical Center filed a small claims lawsuit trying to collect on an outstanding hospital lien, the District 4 Court of Appeals court had to decide whether a law firm was just acting as a conduit for payment or as an actual payor when it disbursed a related personal injury settlement.

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TORT REPORT: State Supreme Court allows plaintiffs to continue to recover phantom damages

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in Orlowski v. State Farm Auto. Ins. Co. (2012 WI 21) that, like other personal injury cases, in those cases involving uninsured motorist coverage, the plaintiff is entitled to the full amount of past medical expenses, even those amounts that were written off by the medical providers as a result of a contractual agreement between the medical provider and health insurer.

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