Does my medical bills come out of my settlement money, if so why? 13 Answers as of January 03, 2014

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Jeffery M. Navarro, Attorney at Law | Jeffery M. Navarro
Yes. Who do you think should pay them inasmuch as that is what you settled for?
Answer Applies to: Mississippi
Replied: 1/3/2014
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
Your medical providers probably provided treatment subject to their being reimbursed from any third party recovery, such as settlement with the defendant in an automobile accident case. They have a lien for the treatment cost. They also provided medical treatment expecting to be paid. Since you have not yet paid the medical bills, the payment is taken out of your settlement. The Defendant settled the case in part based upon the medical bills you incurred. So it is only fair that the treatment provider be paid at least a part of the cost of the treatment.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/3/2014
Pius Joseph A Professional Law Corp. | Pius Joseph
When a case is settled in workers compensation, the insurance pays your medicals. In personal injury cases insurance company will give a lump sum and then you and you will need to pay medical expenses, attorneys fee and costs. It works that way always and you will need to factor all such costs when you settle your case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/31/2013
Robert C. Slim - Attorney at Law
Robert C. Slim - Attorney at Law | Robert C. Slim
Generally speaking, the settlement is usually a "gross figure" which already takes into account your medical bills. Likewise, the medical bills are paid out of the gross settlement.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 12/31/2013
Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
Yes, the medical bills come out of your settlement. You need to review your insurance policy on why.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 12/31/2013
    John Russo | John Russo
    Yes, Why? It's kind of obvious the insurance settlement includes all your specials, i.e. meds, lost wages etc.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 12/31/2013
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
    Generally speaking, yes, unless you direct your lawyer otherwise. However, you can't avoid liens and cover letters to providers. Look at your contract with your lawyer for details.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 12/31/2013
    TAMBASCO & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys at Law | R. Tambasco
    Yes because the medical bills are always calculated as part of the damages in the settlement amount. The medical providers legally are entitled. That said, your attorney may be able to negotiate a discounted payment to them to maximize your net settlement.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 12/31/2013
    The Bryan Law Firm, L.L.C.
    The Bryan Law Firm, L.L.C. | Douglas L. Bryan
    Settlement funds typically include compensation for your pain and suffering as well as your other damages, such as lost wages and medical expenses. Therefore, since your settlement funds usually includes payment of your medical bills, your medical bills would usually be paid out of your settlement funds.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 12/31/2013
    Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
    Who is supposed to pay the medical bills? The doctors treated you in good faith and they are entitled to get paid. The value of your settlement was predicated on, among other things, the amount of the bills, and so you get a "double dip," which is not fair. The payor of the medical bills gets reimbursed. That is called subrogation; check your insurance policy.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 12/31/2013
    Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C.
    Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C. | Pete Leehey
    Almost always. Payment of the medical bills is a part of almost every personal injury settlement.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 12/31/2013
    Law Office of James A. Anton | James Anton
    Because that is what you are being compensated for.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/31/2013
    WEISSMAN LAW FIRM
    WEISSMAN LAW FIRM | I.Donald Weissman
    The purpose of a personal injury recovery is to compensate one for injuries and damages. If insurance paid for medical care, it is to be reimbursed. If the bills are unpaid, they have to be paid. Everyone is reimbursed or compensated. If the injured party did not pay the medical bill that, under the law, would be considered a windfall for the injured party. Think of it that you paid all expenses out of your own pocket and the recovery reimbursed you for the expenses. If someone else made or the bill is unpaid, it is the same thing. Your bottom line is the same.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 12/31/2013
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