Q Why Do Liens Have to Be Paid From My Settlement?
When you’ve been injured in an accident, you may find that your health insurance company paid for your treatment, or your car insurance company paid to have your car repaired. As a result, if you decide to sue the party responsible for your injury, those companies often request to be paid back through any settlement you are offered. This is called a lien – a legal claim against personal property, such as a settlement.
Depending on the type of medical care you received, your file might have liens from several different providers. These liens will have to be paid out of any settlement before you will receive your portion. And any time you involve government-provided healthcare like Medicare or Medicaid, the case can get even more complicated.
The good news is that our attorneys can usually negotiate down those liens so that a lower amount in paid. And just because a lien has been placed doesn’t necessarily mean that it is legal and has to be paid back.
When you are navigating the ins and outs of personal injuries, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Call us today at 816-842-7100 or toll-free at 888-712-1930 to speak with an attorney. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation. We don’t get paid unless you win.