Florida Healthcare Whistleblower Attorney
Medical Qui Tam & Whistleblower Lawsuits
Healthcare fraud is a growing and serious problem in Florida and across the United States. When medical providers attempt to defraud the government, consumers ultimately end up paying for the government’s losses with higher prices for healthcare services. Fortunately, consumers and other private citizens can take action to help prevent fraud in the healthcare system by filing a lawsuit on behalf of the government for acts of fraud perpetrated against it. These types of lawsuits are called “qui tam” whistleblower suits and they are brought under the False Claims Act.
Qui tam lawsuits serve as a powerful means to help the government identify and prevent fraud from occurring in the healthcare industry, including schemes involving Medicare and Medicaid fraud, pharmaceutical fraud, billing fraud, home healthcare fraud, ambulance fraud and durable medical equipment fraud. Whistleblowers who suspect these and other types of financial fraud against a government-funded healthcare program can file a qui tam action and be eligible to collect significant compensation for their efforts.
If you suspect that a medical provider or facility is defrauding the government, you should speak with a Florida healthcare whistleblower attorney. At The Florida Law Group, our lawyers are well versed in medical qui tam whistleblower actions. We understand the challenges and risks involved, and we will work with you to determine the best way to help stop this illegal and unethical behavior.
Can I Be a Whistleblower?
If you have reason to believe that a healthcare professional or medical facility is perpetrating fraud against the government, you may be able to sue the wrongdoer(s) on behalf of the government. Under the False Claims Act any person with evidence of fraud against a government-funded program may bring a qui tam action. However, if another private party or the government itself has already initiated a lawsuit based upon the same evidence, you will not be permitted to file a qui tam suit.
What are The Steps Involved in Filing a Medical Qui Tam Action?
When you work with the healthcare whistleblower lawyers at our firm, we will carefully guide you through each step of the process. The key steps in filing a whistleblower claim under the False Claim Act involve:
- Filing your qui tam complaint “under seal” with the court. Our attorneys will work with you to gather the information and prepare the documentation necessary to file a complaint and disclosure statement in federal district court. The complaint is filed confidentially and “under seal” which means that only the government will know of your action – the lawsuit is not made available to the public and even the defendant is not notified of the suit.
- DOJ investigation. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) will open an investigation of your claim. Once the investigation against the alleged wrongdoer is complete, the DOJ will make a decision as to whether or not the government is going to intervene and join in your case. Should the DOJ decline intervention, you can still decide to proceed without the government’s assistance. Our legal team will explain how this process works and help you determine whether it is in your best interests to continue with your case on your own.
- Litigation of the qui tam action. The defendant will be served your complaint and the case will proceed through the litigation process, which will include discovery, trial and possible appeal. Our lawyers will carefully navigate you through each phase of the litigation process and keep you apprised of all activity in the case. If the government decides to join your qui tam lawsuit, you will generally be entitled to collect 15-25 percent of the recovery.
A Florida Healthcare Whistleblower Attorney Can Help
Determining whether you should bring a whistleblower action can be a difficult decision. When you work with a Florida healthcare whistleblower attorney at our firm, we will carefully assess your qui tam case and outline all available options. You can reach a healthcare fraud attorney at our Florida law firm today by calling 833-352-5297 and scheduling a free consultation.