In a car accident compensation, who pays off the hospital and every other bill that came due to the accident? 4 Answers as of April 29, 2015

The checks had come under each person that was in the car. Now the lawyer made us sign them on the back so he can cash them and he said that he still had to pay off the hospital still. He kept about $14,000. How do we know if the attorney is telling us the truth?

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Law Offices of Robert Burns
Law Offices of Robert Burns | Robert Burns
Why should be so suspicious?!? To be safe, require an accounting and the signed checks and envelopes be provided to you simultaneously with your signing of the insurance check(s) treating this as an escrow.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/29/2015
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
Typically, all medical bills are paid from the settlement, usually at a discount as negotiated by the attorney. The attorney does not cash the checks; the funds go into the State Bar-approved clients trust account. Do you think a lawyer would throw away his license for a lousy $14,000? If so, you've been watching too much TV.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/28/2015
James M. Chandler | James M. Chandler
Ask for proof of payment and an accounting.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/28/2015
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
Normally, when they settle a case, the insurance carrier sends out a single check to each plaintiff/claimant and their attorney and it is the claimant's obligation to settle any unpaid bills. Often the attorney can get the medical provider to take less than the full amount of their billing [which has often been inflated because the provider knows an insurance company is involved]. So what your attorney has done does not seem unusual. Contact him/her and ask for a copy of the billings and what the status is. Ask for a list of what has been paid out and whether there is any likelihood of there being any excess left over. If you do not trust your attorney, contact the providers to see what they have been paid and then do the necessary math.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/28/2015
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