Clients are often surprised to hear their Medicare, MediCal, or TriCare
benefits come with strings attached. These health insurance programs expect
to be reimbursed for the reasonable value of any treatment you receive
after an auto accident and you must make sure your attorney is aware of
these benefits so that these liens are properly addressed.
You MUST notify Medicare, MediCal, or TriCare of your claim so they can
assert a claim for reimbursement for any treatment related to that accident.
It is NOT the government's responsibility to notify you. This is one
of the biggest reasons I urge seriously injured victims to hire an attorney
and make sure he/she is knowledgeable about government liens. A knowledgeable
and experienced attorney will be able to identify possible liens, and
notify the appropriate agency. After your claim is settled, whether by
settlement or trial, your attorney must resolve the lien and he/she should
be knowledgeable about negotiating the lowest possible reimbursement so
you keep more of the money you deserve for your injury.
Do not take the advice of an attorney who tells you not to worry about
these liens or that the amount is too small for the government to worry
about it. Failure to address these liens could have a devastating financial
impact on you long after the settlement of your claim. By law, Medicare
liens must be paid within 60 days of the final notice of lien and failure
to do so can result in interest on the lien amount up to double the lien amount.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and received medical
treatment through Medicare, MediCal, TriCare -- or even private health
insurance -- don't wait to protect your rights.
Call for a free, confidential, and no obligation
consultation to ensure you understand your rights.