Medical Liens & Your Injury Settlement
Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
When it comes to personal injury settlements, liens represent a claim for part of the damages recovered from the settlement by some party, usually the medical provider or insurer as a contractual lien. Medical liens permit the medical bills stemming from an accident to be repaid directly from a settlement or judgment, essentially allowing for the victim to receive medical attention on credit of future payment.
Simply put, a medical lien is a claim made by the medical provider that they will be repaid for the treatment you received after being injured.
In California, a medical lien is granted for patients when:
- They do not have private insurance coverage, Medicare, Medical, a Med Pay policy, or some other “no-fault” insurance plan, or
- They can’t afford to pay the deductible or co-pay under their current policy, or
- They have no means of paying for the medical care they need while they wait for their settlement
Not every medical professional is willing to work on a medical lien basis since not every personal injury claim is successful.
The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani, however, works with medical professionals who can treat our clients on a lien basis after being injured in an accident. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys work to assure your healthcare providers that your injuries resulted from someone else’s negligent behavior and as such should be fully compensated through an injury claim.
Doctors who work on a lien basis will typically have you sign a lien agreement, a legally binding contract which, once signed, will be sent to the insurer and attorney. The lien will insure the medical professional is paid from an award or settlement.
Typically, patients who agree to a lien and lose their case or do not recover sufficient compensation are on the hook to cover their treatment. Thankfully, your Los Angeles injury lawyer can work with your healthcare provider to negotiate a reduction in your payments or draft a repayment plan so you are not left struggling to repay.
Because a medical lien is a legally binding document, it is in your best interest to have an attorney at least negotiate or even draft the lien agreement in the first place so you have the most favorable terms possible.
The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani works with doctors and medical professionals who will work on a lien because they know how hard we fight to recover compensation for our injured clients. You need to speak with a dedicated attorney if you or a loved one was injured in an accident in the Los Angeles area
Call our firm to discuss your accident and medical treatment: (888) 952-2952!