10 Apr How your Lawyer can help you Negotiate Medical Bills after an Injury
If you think injury lawyer’s work is limited to representing you in a courtroom and helping you with complex legal issues, you should know that they can much do much more than that. Many injury lawyers will help you deal with the insurance companies and attempt to have your medical bills reduced by working with the providers.
After a serious car crash, you need urgent medical treatment to determine any potentially life-threatening injuries, start healing, and link your conditions to the incident. However, even with health insurance, you’ll have to pay for your medical expenses.
Fortunately, you can include both your current and future medical bills in your personal injury claims. Your lawyer can help you collect all the medical bills and estimate your future needs. These numbers can be used during settlement negotiations and at trial, to get you the compensation you deserve.
Your doctors, hospital, and your healthcare insurance company may file liens. These are legal documents that assert an interest in your personal injury claim. Before your case is closed, these unpaid bills need to be settled.
The at-fault party is usually responsible for the victims’ injuries and losses. But many people and businesses don’t have the liability insurance to cover severe or multi-party claims.
If you’re dealing with an uninsured or underinsured driver, you will have to file additional claims with your own uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) and personal injury protection (PIP) policies. However, if you only minimum coverage or opted out of PIP and UM/UIM, you may still have unpaid medical bills.
In these cases, the medical provider may choose to accept a reduced amount to settle your unpaid bills. Your lawyer can help you negotiate a fair amount.