Hospital Lien

Even the most skilled litigation attorneys can overlook certain aspects of hospital lien resolution. Between long hours, acrimonious days in court, and the ever-changing laws surrounding healthcare, it is easy to understand why.

However, providing lien resolution services to your client is a critical part of the case. When done improperly, your client could lose most of their personal injury settlement to hospital bills. Instead of sacrificing valuable hours to lien negotiations, many litigation attorneys instead outsource to settlement planning experts. This frees them up to put more time into what they do best—while we do what we do best. When you partner with Synergy Settlement Services, we work to reduce hospital liens and ensure your client gets the maximum amount of money from their settlement.

How Hospital Liens Work

Hospital liens are a common yet complex aspect of personal injury law. Many clients are immediately upset by the idea of a hospital lien, not realizing that it is a standard practice. Often they assume the lien will negatively impact their credit score or endanger their property in some way. In reality, a hospital files liens to cover services including but not limited to:

  • Ambulance transport
  • Medications
  • Nurse services
  • Physician services
  • Supplies

Your client may not realize that a hospital lien is simply a claim against the prospective personal injury settlement to ensure that the hospital receives payment for the medical services they provided. That said, the lien has the potential to negatively affect your client in ways other than those they previously assumed. When liens are not handled correctly, the recovery you are working so hard to maximize can go in large part to the hospital rather than to your client. The services we provide regarding your client’s financial settlement can enable you to maximize the recovery of the settlement.

Why Hospitals Bill Your Client

Instead of billing your client’s insurance company, a hospital might bill the injured patient in hopes of receiving more money from the settlement than the contractual adjusted amount they would receive from the insurance company. Hospitals are also known to inflate their costs.

When your client is billed, lowering the medical lien amount is imperative. The hospital’s end recovery should typically only be a portion of the total lien amount so that your client still sees a significant settlement after the hospital is paid. Working with settlement planning experts can help ensure this outcome.

Work With Us

Ready to put your healthcare lien battle in our hands? We have years of experience negotiating healthcare liens and will pinpoint errors, double changes, and overcharges with our high level of scrutiny.

Many successful personal injury attorneys prefer to focus on what they do best. Letting us take care of the medical bills, coding, and lien reduction opens up extra hours for you to fight for your client.

If you would like us to help lower your client’s hospital lien or want more information about what we do, contact us today.

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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