If you have been injured in a
motor vehicle accident and you receive medical treatment paid for by your health insurance, in
most cases, your health insurance plan will require you to reimburse the
cost of your treatment out of your settlement. Likewise, if you receive
medical treatment paid for by Medi-Care, Medi-Cal, and Tri-Care. Even
if you don't have health insurance, if you are treated in a hospital
emergency room after an accident, the hospital's bill must be paid
out of your settlement.
Most health insurance plans require payment for "third party liability"
cases, meaning any injury which is caused by a third party. Your insurance
plan has what's called a "lien" on your settlement. Likewise,
Medi-Care, Medi-Cal, Tri-Care, or the hospital that treats you has a "lien"
on your settlement.
Resolving these liens when you settle your case is extremely complex and
requires a thorough knowledge of the law. Is the lien valid? If it is,
how much should be paid to satisfy the lien? Are there any circumstances
when you don't have to pay a lien? The correct answer to these questions
can make the difference between being fully compensated for your injury
and not. A skilled attorney should evaluate these liens to determine if
they are enforceable and, if so, whether there are any defenses which
may permit a reduced payment.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident,
a motorcycle accident, or any other type of accident, feel free to
call my office
to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. Protect yourself by knowing