Defend Your Clients’ Rights Against Hospital Liens

Liens are a huge part of personal injury cases. Although managing and resolving liens is an important legal service that attorneys should be providing their clients, it is often overlooked. If your client was injured in an accident and went to the hospital for care, the hospital will be looking for those expenses to be paid, or else, it will file a lien against your client. If this happens, make every effort to reduce any known liens as much as possible to ensure that your client gets the maximum amount of cash from their settlement as possible.

Understanding Healthcare Liens

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 on your client’s behalf. Once a personal injury settlement is being finalized, consideration should be given to resolving a number of liens. A hospital lien is one such lien that arises. Hospital liens can be filed to cover services including but not limited to:

  • Ambulance services
  • Physician services
  • Nurse services
  • Drugs or medication
  • Medical supplies

Why Bill the Client Instead of Billing the Insurer?

Instead of billing your client’s insurance company, a hospital will often choose to file a lien against the client’s settlement. This is because the hospital believes it has a better chance of receiving the full amount of their claim from your client’s settlement as compared to the insurance company. The insurance company typically pays hospitals a contractual adjusted amount instead of the full bill. This is not good for your client. Hospitals tend to inflate their costs, and when you receive your settlement, the entire lien requested would be paid to the hospital—unless, you fight to reduce those liens.

Get Assistance With Hospital Liens

Handling personal injury cases may be your expertise, but fighting healthcare liens requires a different skill set. It can be a complex process that requires a deep understanding of medical bills, coding, and liens. Hospitals rely on collection specialist to recoup their billed charges from your client. If you do not have the expertise nor the time to resolve a hospital lien on your client’s behalf, Synergy Settlement Solutions can eliminate the frustration for you and your client through our negotiation and resolution services. We are highly experienced with negotiating healthcare liens, and we can locate errors, double-charges, and overcharges as well as determine the reasonableness of medical charges.

If you would like to come to a reasonable solution with your client’s medical providers and get their hospital lien reduced, partner with us today!

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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.

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