I’ve Been In a Car Accident– Why Did the Hospital File a Lien?

September 16, 2014 No Comments by johnmixon

But I have….Medicaid/Medicare/Private Health Insurance.

I can’t tell you how many times we hear the above from a Georgia personal injury client.  In the State of Georgia, if the Hospital knows you were hurt in a car wreck, they can refuse to turn your bills over to your health insurance provider and instead file a lien against any settlement you may garner.

You can have Medicare, a federally mandate health insurance provider, and yet Hospitals in the State of Georgia can refuse Medicare the ability to pay your bills.

You can have Medicaid, a State mandated health insurance provider, and yet Hospitals in the State of Georgia can refuse Medicaid the ability to pay your bills.

You can private health insurance that you either get through your work or pay for yourself, this is a legally binding contractual agreement between you and the insurance company.  Essentially if you pay the insurance company they will cover certain types and portions of your medical bills.  Yet the Hospitals in the State of Georgia can refuse to allow the insurance company to honor their end of the contract.

You are probably thinking, “Well isn’t that illegal?”

It does seem like a 3rd party, in this case the Hospital, that interferes with the execution of a contract is doing something illegal.  However, as it currently stands in the State of Georgia the Hospital can and will do just that.

Don’t let legal loopholes soak-up your settlement money.  If you have been injured in a car wreck, motorcycle accident, or have been the victim of an 18-Wheeler call us today!  Please let our experience work for you so that your accident doesn’t simply make the Hospital and Doctor’s that much richer.  Call John Mixon and Associates today at 706-724-9999 or toll free at 1-800-727-1234

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