Many people are surprised to learn that in certain situations, the state and federal government, health insurance companies and hospitals can assert a claim against your personal injury settlement with what’s called a medical lien. When you have been the victim of an accident and have filed a personal injury lawsuit to recover the cost of medical bills, the people who paid for these medical costs may be able to file a medical lien against your settlement proceeds. A lien is a demand for repayment that may be placed against your personal injury case.
Hospital and Medical Provider Liens
Hospitals can file for a lien to collect money spend taking care of a person after an accident.
Workers Compensation Liens
A worker’s compensation lien can be issued if your lost wages or medical bills have been paid through the state’s workers compensation fund.
The government can file for lien to recover medical expenses paid on your behalf if you collect money for your injuries from another party in a lawsuit.
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER RELATED:
Is this a lien against my personal property?
No, liens are filed against the insurance company or third party who is paying for the medical bills.
How do I get a lien removed?
After all parties have been paid in full, the health care provider must contact DAR-LIENS.
How long does it take for a lien to get released?
Within 24 hours of DAR-LIENS being contacted by the health care provider.
Will I get a copy of the lien or release?
Yes, all parties listed on the document will receive a copy.
Why did my health care provider lien me anyway?
To inform the responsible parties that services have been provided and that the health care provider is entitled to payment.
Will a lien appear on my credit report?
No, liens are on insurance companies, not on individuals.