Glankler Brown's William Bomar on Tips of the System
This is the 13th entry in our new weekly blog, "Beyond the Bio," where we ask MBQ Power Players to write a post of their choosing about their industry. This post is the fourth from our March/April Power Player category of Personal Injury Lawyers. Last week, Brett Hughes of Harris, Shelton, Hanover & Walsh discussed the value of preparation in litigation. Before that, Lang Wiseman of Wiseman Bray discussed the importance of law. Previously, Gary Smith of Apperson Crump on the importance of justice. The January/February Power Players category,Chief Operations Officers, featured Dawn Rapoport COO of Waddell & Associates discussing what makes COOs a "unique bunch." The week before, Chuck Woeppel, COO of UT Medical Group, addressed the future of health care. Previously, Mary Sharp, COO of CB Richard Ellis, discussed why business plans are so crucial to have to fall back on in a time of crises. Lee Rone, COO of Youth Villages, shared why youth are so important to the family unity and the community. Richard McDuffie, COO of Dunavant Logistics, discussed the impact of technology on business. Check this space weekly for future installments of "Beyond the Bio."
Personal injury law, like many other areas of the law, is becoming more complex for everyone involved – injured party, defendant, plaintiff and defense attorney. Many states, including Tennessee, have enacted laws generally known as “tort reform.” These laws often place caps on certain types of damages, limit types of damages recoverable and alter or affect procedures to attempt to recover those damages. Health insurance companies (personal, employer provided and governmental - Medicare/Medicaid) that initially pay medical expenses for the injuries have various types of potential rights or claims against an injured party’s recovery known generally as subrogation rights.
Additionally, there are tax considerations in regard to some types of damages. There are also various governmental and other reporting requirements on all parties to personal injury claims.
Massive attorney advertising in all types of media from telephone, to the internet, to the sides of buses has also changed personal injury law and attorney selection on the injured party side. On the defendant side, insurance company use of “captive” or “in-house” attorneys has greatly increased.
There are many lessons to be learned and tips for all sides of a personal injury matter, including start preparation early on in the matter (whether injured party or defendant), be aware at least of the general issues to discuss with your counsel, whether plaintiff or defendant, and do not be afraid to ask questions. Although sometimes slow and expensive, the system does work and remains the best around.
Power Player Bio: William L. Bomar
Member, Glankler Brown, PLLC. B.A., Vanderbilt; J.D., University of Memphis School of Law, Concentration in the areas of commercial litigation, healthcare, medical malpractice, construction litigation and insurance litigation. Admitted to practice in Arkansas and Tennessee. Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation, and Mid-South SuperLawyers, Healthcare/Medical Malpractice/Construction Law/Personal Injury Litigation. Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell distinction. Chairman, Glankler Brown Library Committee, and Member, Glankler Brown Management Committee. American, Tennessee, and Memphis Bar Associations.