In a personal injury case, handling medical bills can be stressful if you cannot pay them right away. In cases where you are waiting for the outcome of either a settlement or possible litigation, your Marietta injury lawyer may help you take certain steps to ensure that your bills are handled properly.
The insurance company for the tortfeasor (i.e. the party responsible for your injuries) will not automatically pay your medical bills as they occur for many reasons. One reason is the fear that you will make a large or unreasonable demand at the time of final settlement. That is, they do not want the costs of both your bills and defending the lawsuit that you would bring if you did not get the settlement offer you felt your served. Another possible reason is that most insurance companies want to settle a claim with a single sum of money. Handling your full settlement at once, including the amount of your medical bills, is far simpler and more cost-effective for them than paying multiple times.
If you are unable to cover the costs of your medical bills as they are incurred, most doctors, hospitals, and other medical professionals and facilities will wait until your case is resolved by out-of-court settlement or court verdict. While you are healing from your injuries, you should let your medical providers know as early as possible that you have neither the insurance coverage nor the financial means to pay your medical bills. In the case that you cannot cover your bills, you will probably be made to sign a subrogation or lien form. That form enables your Marietta injury attorney to hold back enough money to cover the costs of your medical bills directly from the insurance settlement or verdict money.
Your Marietta injury attorney, then, will be the one to ensure that your medical care providers are paid and your bills are all covered. In addition to the provisions made by your subrogation or lien form, most Marietta injury lawyers have a policy where they withhold funds from your settlement or verdict in order to pay back medical facilities and professionals. If you have been injured and wish to seek legal help to cover your medical bills and other injury-related expenses, Georgia personal injury attorneys Braun and Ree, LLP, may be able to help. Call today for a free case evaluation.