Suppose you are one of millions of people without health insurance and are injured in a car accident.
- How can you get the medical treatment you need?
- What if you need an X-ray, CAT Scan, MRI or other medical procedure to diagnose your injuries?
- How much will your medical bills cost you?
The answer to these and many other related questions may be possible with a medical lien. Medical liens can be a complicated manner and are best left to an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Medical Liens Will Delay Your Medical Bills Until Your Case Settles
In essence, a medical lien ensures your doctor’s right to recover payment out of your personal injury settlement. Of the many types of liens, a medical lien is a document that is signed by you, your doctor and your personal injury lawyer that states that your doctor will be paid at the conclusion of your insurance claim. This medical lien provides you with a way to receive medical treatment without paying much of the cost up front.
Please don’t think of medical liens as free medical treatment. Your medical treatment must be paid at the time of your settlement. The advantage of a medical lien is that you are able to receive immediate medical attention, but your health care provider will be paid out of your personal injury settlement — and not your own pocket.
Other Liens Can Help You Pay Your Medical Bills
Another type of lien that is often seen in automobile accident injuries is a statutory or legal lien. These liens typically involve hospitals or any emergency services provided within 72 hours of your injury. This enables hospitals to recover a portion of the settlement if certain requirements are met.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You With Medical Bills
Since 1992, our San Diego law firm has been helping people pay their medical bills after an injury, and we can do it for you too. Our firm’s founder, Michael Pines, is a former insurance company lawyer, so he knows how the insurance companies work. Let us handle the insurance companies and help you recover what you lost.
If you or someone you know have no health insurance and would like to seek legal action for injuries in a car accident, contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible at 1-858-551-2090 for a FREE consultation with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney. You may also click here to submit your case for a FREE online review. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing until we recover money on your behalf.