If you’ve been involved in a personal injury accident, there are three things involving your medical bills.
Number one, why should the bills be paid by me rather than by the person who was at fault
My father always told me life isn’t fair. But the real reason for that is when you go to a doctor or a hospital or any other medical provider, you are the one that owes the money. The contract, so to speak, is between you and the provider, so you owe that money.
However, it’s my job as your attorney to ensure you’re reimbursed by the person who’s at fault. So that’s why we take on these cases. That’s one of the main sources of recovery that we need to get for you.
Number two, what if there isn’t enough settlement money to pay all your medical bills
This is an unfortunate situation. I’d first say to have proper insurance, so this doesn’t happen to you. But if it does and you get hit by a person who’s at fault and doesn’t have sufficient insurance, there’s not going to be enough money to pay all those medical bills.
My job, and we spend quite a bit of time doing this, is to negotiate down all medical bills and case liens. So we can get you still adequately paid for your pain and suffering.
So out of your entire settlement has to come not only attorney’s fees and to pay you for your pain and suffering but also any unpaid medical bills.
We also, in those cases, have to repay your health insurance company if they have paid out any money for your bills.
Number three, what should I do with the medical bills I received at home
So even though we are negotiating all your medical bills, the hospital and all your medical providers know, and they’re put on notice that you’re being represented, you’re likely to still get a lot of bills.
Don’t panic. I know they’re going to be huge amounts. They’re going to be very unsettling. But the reality is, that is part of your case.
So we’re compiling all those bills. It would be best if you let your attorney know of every bill you get so that we make sure there’s no provider, no ambulance, no EMS, or no other place to which you may owe money. That way, we can include that in your claim.
And the more medical bills you have, the higher that claim is, and the higher that claim is, the higher the recovery is.
So most importantly, we want you to come out of this, in addition to being paid for your pain and suffering, not have any outstanding bills.