If you receive medical treatment for injuries and file a personal injury lawsuit, did you know that medical liens might be attached to your case that obligates you to pay for the medical services rendered?
Even if you have medical insurance that covers these expenses, those who provided the treatment may be entitled to reimbursement from you if you sue someone for those injuries and are compensated through either a settlement or judgment.
Medical treatment generally includes:
- Doctors’ services
- Ambulance services
- Hospital services
- Physical therapy
- Various other treatment for your injury
It is common for medical providers to require you to agree in writing that you will reimburse them for their services. This is done through a medical lien, which attaches to your lawsuit. Liens must be paid to your medical providers before you receive any monetary recovery.
If your total amount of recovery (judgment or settlement) is not as high as you anticipated, you may find that after paying your attorney, the medical bills, and the costs and expenses related to your case, there may be little or nothing left for you.
In this instance, the medical providers may be willing to negotiate smaller compensation despite the fact that the treatment was necessary and reasonable. If that happens, you or your attorney must make sure that any settlement for medical liens is in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the medical provider. Otherwise, they may try to collect the balance from you at a later time, possibly through a lawsuit!
It is always recommended that you seek the proper medical care whenever you are injured. However, you must also acknowledge the fact that if the treatment is related to injuries that are, or will be, the subject of a personal injury lawsuit, the medical providers will most likely require that a lien be placed on your case to reimburse them for their services.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, the experienced personal injury legal team at Roberts & Roberts is here to help with compassionate, aggressive representation. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.