Current Investigations

We are currently investigating a number of potential cases. Please contact us if you have experienced problems related to any of the matters discussed below, or if you have experienced a problem similar to one you see described here.

Please be aware that we will make all efforts to preserve the confidentiality of any information you provide, but we can only represent you after we have spoken with you further and mutually agreed to proceed on a matter. In addition, while our position is that any discussion we have with you regarding potential representation is privileged and confidential, we cannot guarantee that the information you send, even if it is with the intention of seeking representation, will be treated by a court of law as privileged and confidential.

If you have any questions about our current investigations, or if you have a similar case, please contact us today.

COVID-19 and Business Interruption Insurance Coverage

Many small businesses in our country have suffered mightily due to the economic consequences from the coronavirus pandemic. While small business owners know that the consequences are severe, they may not know whether they have insurance for loss of income due to the coronavirus.

Mehri & Skalet is currently evaluating insurance policies for small business owners to help them determine if their particular policy allows for viable claims of coverage.

The major commercial insurance companies have all made statements to the effect that coronavirus-caused loss is not covered under their policies. But that is an overreach.

Some policies do indeed expressly exclude such coverage. But others do not. And under those policies, businesses have a fighting chance of obtaining compensation under their commercial property policies for loss of business income due to the coronavirus.

In general, there are two provisions of commercial property policies that may provide so-called Business Interruption coverage–coverage for loss of business income. The first covers loss of business income caused by “direct physical loss of or damage to” the insured’s property. The second provision, entitled “Civil Authority,” covers loss of business income caused by “action of civil authority that prohibits access to” the insured’s property. There is a real possibility that coverage exists under one or both of those provisions.

If you are a small business owner and you have experienced a loss of income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and are interested in determining whether coverage exists for your losses under your commercial property insurance policy, we would like to speak with you. You can contact us, attaching a copy of your policy, here.

Mehri & Skalet is investigating abuses by for-profit prison vendors and other companies in the private corrections industries, such as pre-arrest diversion programs, commercial bail bond, and rehabilitation and treatment programs. If you believe you have been overcharged or unfairly treated by a company you paid for services connected with incarceration or the threat of incarceration, we would like to speak with you. Learn more

The Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557, also known as the Health Care Rights Law, protects women, members of the LGBT+ community, people with disabilities, and people of any national, racial, or ethnic origin from being discriminated against by insurers or healthcare providers. The rule clarifies earlier-existing legislation to disallow any discrimination on the above bases. When the rule was adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2016, it became easier for members of marginalized groups to enforce their rights and fight back against discrimination in healthcare. Rolling back or rewriting this rule could make it easier for healthcare providers and insurance companies to deny coverage and services to members of these groups, meaning millions of people could be denied access to needed healthcare services or be forced to pay exorbitant out-of-pocket fees.

M&S is investigating a potential action regarding price-gouging at hospital emergency rooms. One practice that is connected with higher bills is the assessment of higher charges for “out-of-network” ER doctors, despite the fact that ER patients by definition do not get to choose where they are treated, or by whom.

If you were subject to billing for emergency room treatment you believe was extreme or unfair, we would like to speak with you. Learn More

 

Mehri & Skalet represents Sadie Boone, who was sued by Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home for breach of contract relating to allegedly unpaid bills for her sister’s care. Federal law explicitly forbids nursing homes from pursuing friends and family members for residents’ unpaid bills. But that is exactly what Ms. Boone alleges that Stoddard Baptist does as a regular business practice. Her complaint alleges that this business practice violates the District of Columbia’s consumer protection law.

If you have been subject to collections actions or lawsuits related to a friend or family member’s nursing home care, we would like to speak with you about your experience.