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Attorneys from the Sarasota personal injury law firm attended the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board dinner and seminar on Medicare Set Asides.

Members of the Sarasota personal injury law firm Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh, including attorney David Goldman and attorney Stephen Fernandez, attended the latest Manasota Trial Lawyers Board dinner and seminar.

Held at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch, FL., the seminar hosted by Manasota Trial Lawyers Board founder, attorney Bernard Walsh, also of Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh, featured a presentation on Medicare Set Asides given by Josh Pettingill, Vice President of Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance with Synergy Settlements Services.

Medicare Set Asides are an important topic that affects Medicare coverage amounts and continued Medicare eligibility for plaintiff’s that have won a personal injury case or prevailed in a personal injury settlement agreement.

Similar to a Trust, money placed into a Medicare Set Aside cannot be used by the beneficiary for any reason other than to cover medical expenses incurred by the case in question. By utilizing settlement money in this way, the injured plaintiff is guaranteed that the funding will be available to cover Medicare expenses. Conditions do apply for qualifying including any of the following, your injury is a workers’ compensation claim, or if you are already enrolled in Medicare or are expected to receive Medicare coverage.

However after prevailing in a settlement or law suit, the plaintiff may elect to receive the money as a lump sum rather than utilizing a Medicare Set Aside, this allows the individual the freedom to use their award in any way. The plaintiff’s law firm is obligated to ensure that their client fully understands the financial impact of either using the funds from their awards as a Medicare Set Aside or by electing to retain the award as a lump sum.

The CLE credited event was widely attended drawing many of southwest Florida’s most experienced personal injury attorneys and legal industry professionals.

Founder of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board, attorney Bernard F. Walsh had this to say about the seminar, “While winning your client’s case is always first and foremost in the mind of any trial attorney, for a truly successful outcome the plaintiff must understand fully how to use any money awarded by jury or settlement to cover their loss. Often injuries sustained in automobile accidents can be a lasting financial drain on the victim and their family, so it is of the utmost importance that any money awarded is used wisely to recover from the accident, and long-term needs are fully considered. Often, making use of a Medicare Set Aside is the safest way to go, however every case is unique and it is up to the attorney to provide the best counsel for the interests of their clients in this important decision. I want to thank all who attended and am looking forward to our next meeting.”

About Attorney Bernard Walsh:

Bernard Walsh is an active member in multiple legal organizations including the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, member of the Florida Justice Association Board of Governors, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

A partner at the Personal Injury law firm of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez and Walsh; Bernard Walsh has won one of Florida’s largest motorcycle accident recoveries and has an AV Preeminent® rating on Martindale-Hubbell®, and is a Superb rated attorney with

Company: Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh
Address: 5291 Office Park Boulevard, Bradenton FL, 34203
Phone: 941-752-7200


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ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba extends an open invitation to the surrounding community with a welcome to the grand opening of its ServiceMaster Skokie headquarters located at 3909 West Howard Street. The celebration kicks off Friday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. and lasts until 1:30 p.m. The official ribbon cutting takes place at 11 a.m., with a special appearance by Skokie’s Mayor Mr. George Van Dusen. Owners Diana Rodriguez-Zaba and Neil Zabadneh plan a festive reception that combines the fun of a neighborhood meet and greet with tours of the new facilities. There will be light appetizers, refreshments, and plenty of giveaways.

Diana and Neil welcome residents, business owners, property supervisors, facility managers and insurance agents throughout the community. Everyone is invited to learn more about the company’s capabilities and how it serves surrounding neighborhoods with water damage restoration, fire damage cleanup, carpet cleaning, mold remediation and specialized cleaning services. Diana and Neil kindly request that guests bring a non-perishable food item to help support the Niles Township School Pantry.

The new location lets Neil and Diana work closer to home as they’ve been Skokie residents since 2009. Their children attend Devonshire Elementary, and the family enjoys being an active part of the surrounding community. Local outreach has always been a core mission for Diana, Neil and their team, and they plan on continuing their company’s ongoing commitment to giving back here in Skokie. Diana’s community outreach efforts recently earned recognition from the Loyola School of Business with a nomination for the school’s Illinois Family Business of the Year Award.

Established as an independent startup in 2008, ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba has since expanded its franchises in both Chicago and Skokie to become one the largest restoration businesses in Illinois. Neil credits the compassion and empathy of his team as they handle some of the toughest jobs imaginable on a daily basis. “Our team works shoulder to shoulder in the field, and we all share the deep satisfaction that comes from knowing we’remaking a positive difference in people’s lives.”

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For more information, please contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba in Skokie at 847-730-7301 or email Diana Rodriguez-Zaba at

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Contact Info
Diana Rodriguez-Zaba
Service Master Restoration by Zaba
Address: 3909 West Howard Street, Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: 847-730-7301