The world of personal injury law is complex. Not only are the cases that fall under its purview often emotionally and physically unsettling, but the legal processes that follow can also be quite intricate. One such complexity is the matter of lien resolution. In this context, a lien is a legal claim or right against an award or settlement in a personal injury case.
Understanding liens and how they affect a personal injury settlement is crucial for achieving a fair and complete resolution. What is a Lien? In the context of a personal injury case, a lien gives a third party the right to be paid from your settlement for the expenses they covered on your behalf, often including medical expenses, future medical care, or disability services. These parties can include health insurers, Medicare, Medicaid, medical providers, or workers’ compensation insurance. 
The Lien Resolution Process:
The first step in the lien resolution process is to identify any liens that exist. This is usually done by exploring your medical record, insurance EOBs (Explanation of Benefits), and direct communication with health insurance providers. 
Once potential liens have been identified, they must be verified. This involves confirming that the charges listed are related to the injury and are valid per the language of current laws and the specific insurance policy. 
Once liens have been identified and verified, they often can, and should, be negotiated. It’s essential to remember that many liens are overstated or can be reduced. Negotiating liens down can save considerable amounts of money and provide a larger net settlement for the client. Legal Implications: Lien resolution isn’t just a financial concern; it’s a legal obligation too. An unsettled lien could result in lawsuits against the beneficiary of the settlement or even the attorney involved. The consequences of neglecting lien resolution are severe and should be taken very seriously. 
Navigating personal injury claims is a daunting prospect with many legal hurdles along the way. Lien resolution is one such challenge that requires awareness and careful handling. Employing the expertise of seasoned personal injury attorneys can significantly ease this burden, helping ensure that you do not pay more than required and taking steps to safeguard that your settlement is not jeopardized by any unresolved liens.
Please note: This blog post is intended to be an overview and does not constitute legal advice. For a comprehensive understanding and specific guidance about your personal situation, always consult with a knowledgeable attorney who specializes in personal injury lien resolution.
If you or a loved one has issues with Liens or need help with a lien resolution, give us a call at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm at 888-585-5970 or email@example.com.
Date: August 15, 2023
Author: Brandon Salter and Anoop Desai