If you are defending a personal injury action with loPs, it is important to make a specific discovery for the complete file of each medical provider in order to register the LOP agreement with the lawyer. You may also want to consider using a specific discovery and filing the attending physician to establish the transfer relationship between the applicant`s law firm and the attending physician. It is also important to consider the impact of a LOP and a complainant`s overall medical bills when assessing exposure and comparison assessments. Another unique offering at NeuLife is our Letter of Protection program. Persons involved in disputes concerning bodily injury may be covered on the basis of a letter of protection (LOP). In essence, a LOP is an agreement that allows a person to obtain the necessary care, while payment is deferred until their case is resolved. The Florida legislature has passed the Florida Statutes, Section 768.76, which compensates for all damages awarded to the aggrieved party by judgment or settlement. In Smith v. Geico, the court decided that LOPs are not considered sources of guarantee, since the payment is not made by a third party and the fee is established only after the jury has set the final amount of the supplement, instead of having the amount determined before the jury`s verdict. 127 d.3d 808, 813 (fla.
2d DCA 2013). The Second District Court of Appeal held that, since LOPs are not considered collateral sources, the court did not abuse its discretion by allowing Geico to question Mr Smith`s treating physicians about the cost measurement agreements. Id. at 813. Doctors: This is a shield that doctors should use. If you are a healthcare professional who helps victims of bodily harm, you can use this agreement to protect yourself. As with most treaties, trust is a key element for the treaty to actually work. If you sign a letter of protection for a $3,000 medical bill, that doctor might think they will negotiate based on the outcome of the case, or that doctor wants the $3,000 $US, no matter what. You need to have an interview with your doctor before signing a statement of protection, which really means the agreement, especially if you have to settle your case for less total value.. . .