Once you secure a settlement for a client in a personal injury case, your job is not done. If they received medical care due to the negligence of others, the funds they receive in the settlement may be subject to healthcare liens by a number of parties. This rude awakening is a cost that clients may not anticipate and can cause you to be liable if you did not make them aware of it. Ensuring compliance with healthcare lien regulations is a detailed and important process. That’s why it’s critical to work with the expert team at Synergy Settlement Services. We have the experience and resources necessary to successfully take this important part of client services off of your plate.
Healthcare Lien Defined
A healthcare lien is a claim that a healthcare entity makes against your client’s personal injury settlement to ensure that they receive payment for the services they’ve provided. When a client is injured by another party, that party is responsible for payment of your medical bills. Oftentimes, that payment is sought via litigation. In the meantime, a client’s health insurer will pay medical expenses. However, they have the right to pursue a claim once a settlement has been reached with the third party.
Types of Healthcare Liens
As mentioned previously, there are a number of entities that may pursue a healthcare lien. This includes:
Health Insurance Providers
Health insurance providers can apply a lien against your client to recover funds used to pay their medical costs.
Hospitals may apply a lien to recover medical expenses so long as they follow statutes governing this process. Certain medical providers may request that patients sign a letter authorizing that a lien may be applied against your client’s settlement.
Medicare Part A and B
According to federal law, if Medicare pays for medical treatment for an injury related to a settlement, they have the first right to apply a lien to the settlement.
How Synergy Settlement Services Can Help You
Healthcare lien resolution can be a frustrating process. Synergy can eliminate the frustration for you and your clients with innovative lien negotiation and resolution services. We have the experience to successfully negotiate healthcare liens, even in complex circumstances. Whether you refer a single lien or all your lien issues, we will work diligently on your behalf to protect the interests of your clients.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.