These are critical issues that we deal with everyday
Durham, NC (PRWEB) March 8, 2010
Attorneys Donald Bardes and Perry J. Pelaez of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin recently served as co-chairs of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice’s “2010 Disbursement Seminar.” The full-day event took place on Jan. 22 at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice’s headquarters in Raleigh, with simulcasts statewide.
About 90 paralegals and personal injury attorneys from Greenville to Asheville attended the Jan. 22 seminar, either live or via simulcast.
The seminar addressed the critical issue of what to do when an accident victim reaches an agreed upon settlement with the at-fault party, but others have claims on the money. Examples might include:
- An accident victim has health insurance which paid for his treatment. In what circumstances does his health insurance company have a claim to a portion of the settlement money?
- An accident victim is a city bus driver injured by a reckless driver. Workers’ Compensation paid for his lost wages and medical treatments. How much should Workers’ Compensation get reimbursed from the settlement?
- An accident victim requires ongoing medical treatments, and Medicare wants to be reimbursed for this treatment. Are all of Medicare’s claims actually related to the injury?
“These are critical issues that we deal with everyday,” Bardes said. “There are a lot of concerns about fair disbursement when there are a lot of hands in the pot. This issue can have a dramatic effect on the quality of our client’s (legal) recovery.”
Donald Bardes has 15 years of experience in the legal field, eight as an attorney and the remainder as a paralegal. He is admitted to multiple federal courts. His other professional affiliations include the North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Bar Association; Wake County Bar; Arizona State Bar; United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina; United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina; United States District Court, District of Arizona; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Christian Legal Society and the Federalist Society.
Perry J. Pelaez has more than 19 years of legal experience, half in the field of personal injury. He has tried cases in state court in several jurisdictions. He is a former Assistant District Attorney for the City of Dayton, Ohio, as well as a former insurance defense attorney. His professional affiliations include the North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina State Bar Association; Wake County Bar Association; North Carolina Advocates for Justice; United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina; United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina; United States District Court, South District of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The North Carolina Advocates for Justice is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association dedicated to protecting people's rights through professional and community legal education, championing individual rights, and protecting the safety of North Carolina's families.
ABOUT THE FIRM:
Founded: 1997 by James S. Farrin, Duke University School of Law, J.D. (1990) in Durham
Number of employees: Approximately 130, including 25 attorneys. Approximately 20 staff members are fluently bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.
Offices: 13 statewide, including Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Wilson
Major practice areas: Personal Injury, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Social Security, Workers’ Compensation
Presently leading one of the largest civil rights cases in United States history: In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, Case No. 08-mc-0511 (PLF) (D.D.C.), which deals with the United States Department of Agriculture’s discrimination against African-American farmers.
The firm's many philanthropic pursuits include Duke Children's Hospital, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The firm has a matching-gift program wherein it matches an employee's philanthropic contributions.
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