Whistleblower Testimonials 2018-11-15T13:27:41+00:00

Whistleblower Reviews

Whistleblower Testimonial

Doing the Right Thing Should Never be Wrong!

The firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman represented me in a whistleblowing case in Texas.  I am extremely satisfied and would highly recommend this firm.

Never in my life did I expect for this to happen, but through the guiding hand and partnership with Mark Schlein and his expertise, I would not have been able to see this whistleblowing case through.

Many times, I wanted to give up but through the encouraging words and partnership that I developed with Mark, and him explaining things to me, I could do my part and allow the firm to manage the case and showcase their expertise.

I am thankful that during this stressful, scary, and tiring process I had Mark Schlein and his firm holding my hand during all the important things and explaining everything in a way that I would understand.

I think (I know I did) I frustrated Mark Schlein a few times, because I was nervous, scared and in a panic; his expertise and calm behavior with me was stellar, phenomenal, and simply the Best!

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Doing the right thing should never be wrong!

I think too many times, we the people, are scared and intimidated by the unknown (I was) and not knowing what to do.  I encourage anyone dealing with the same or not knowing, to please contact this firm. They will walk you through the entire process and never leave your side.

In the end, (4 years) there was an agreement, and together we (Mark Schlein, and I) were heard.

Sincerely,

VG

If I Could Do It Again, I Would Hire a Whistleblower Attorney First

While working as a hospice care nurse, I began noticing we were admitting and keeping patients for years that were ill but not near death and, in many cases, even getting better. As a result, Medicare hospice benefits were being spent on these patients and nurses were unavailable to patients who really needed their care.

One patient I cared for was in hospice for three years! One year, she cooked Thanksgiving dinner for her entire family and was able to go shopping regularly! What was she doing in hospice care?

Because the hospice admitted almost everyone to grow their census—whether they were hospice eligible or not—the nurses were overworked. We had too many patients to care for properly. If you had someone who really was sick and needed more attention, you didn’t have time to help them. Something had to be done.

I spoke up and voiced my concerns on numerous occasions at meetings and to supervisors because I thought they would care. In retrospect, I should have realized the company was too greedy to make appropriate changes. Although some of my co-workers agreed that what the company was doing was wrong, they were afraid to say anything for fear of losing their jobs.

I also was fearful, but felt I had to do something. Thus, I was moved to an office position and eventually fired for “not adapting to my new role.” Although I had thought about contacting Medicare for a while, now that I was fired I decided to write a letter. Not getting a whistleblower attorney first was a huge mistake.

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After I called the Department of Health and Human Services, four FBI agents met with me and wanted to know everything. It was at this meeting that I realized I probably needed a whistleblower attorney to protect my rights. I found Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman and, although I wasn’t doing this for the money, I wish I had done this as my very first action.

When I called the law firm I spoke with an intake paralegal who asked me some questions and told me that an attorney would be back in touch shortly. Within 15 minutes, attorney Mark Schlein called me. He asked many more questions. This was the first of several in depth conferences. Within just a few days Mark had a detailed complaint ready to file under seal. The complaint really told the story of what was going on. Mark was very supportive and assured me I was doing the right thing.

He said that a company that was committing many millions of dollars in hospice fraud needed to be held accountable.

Looking back, if I had hired an attorney first, I probably could have saved my job and protected my identity—at least until the government’s investigation was competed months or years later. During this time, I would probably have been able to provide even more information to the government under the advice and guidance of my attorney.

About Mark Schlein

Mark was tenacious in his handling of my case. I don’t know if it would ever have been resolved without him. He was the driving force throughout the case, which took several years to be successfully completed. He is honest and never told me anything that wasn’t true. I had confidence that when he took my case we had a good chance to win. He was always there to provide advice, update progress on the case, calm my nerves and reassure me that that I was doing the right thing.

Mark was very supportive and a good listener. I know he cares about me. He’s that kind of a person. He listened to my frustrations. He was always professional. He’s a nice guy. In fact, I think that’s part of the reason he has such a good relationship with clients, witnesses, government investigators and prosecutors. He can be firm and assertive when necessary—and believe me it was frequently necessary—without creating animosity.

My advice to potential hospice care whistleblowers

If you see fraud happening, do something about it. The health care and hospice industry is full of it. The government and the patients we care for need our help.

Call an attorney early. Have your facts. Have documentation. Call Mark before you get fired. Once you get fired its harder to help your case.

Hospice nurses always want to do what’s best for the patient. But when your company is admitting patients who are not eligible for hospice services and when they stay on hospice for years, then you need to say something. But the first step is to talk to a whistleblower attorney and get advice.

Take care of your patients and take care of yourself. Do the right thing. Mark Schlein will protect your rights and give you the best chance of winning your case.

L.R.

I Couldn’t be Happier with the Results in My Case

I could not be happier with the results my attorney, Mark Schlein, and Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman obtained for me in my whistleblower case.

Mark knows the system well enough that he was able to move between the different government agencies and contact the right people to succeed in getting the government to get involved in my case.

He fought for me not only in explaining all the technical details of my case, but he also fought for me to get more of my share when the government was trying to cut it back.

Mark is a very personable. His communication skills are awesome. He listens to everything you have to say and acts on it appropriately. He communicated to me everything that was going on in my case, practically in real time. He always let me know where things stood and with whom.

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Gary, Mark’s legal secretary, did an outstanding job of correctly putting the paperwork together and he prepped it all in timely matter. All the staff that I dealt with at Baum Hedlund were great. They were very nice and very supportive.

If you are considering blowing the whistle, you need to get the best attorney possible. Mark Schlein will do everything for you possible and be very straight up with you about your case and where you stand. If he says you have a good case, it’s probably a great case. If he says you have a good case, if he wants to take it, I’d let him. He’s as close to a guarantee as you can get.

Mark never stepped out of the system but he was able to make the system work for us.

Tell Mark everything that is going on and let him file the case and he will take care of you.

I couldn’t be happier with the results in my case.

J.W.

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