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Medical Expenses, Medical Liens & Letters of Protection

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Personal Injury

The Gainesville Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. know that concerns over medical bills, as well as other expenses associated with personal injuries, are common following a car accident. In addition to emergency medical care expenses, such as ambulance and hospital bills, there are expenses for additional medically necessary treatment. Many victims have added worries extending from a medical provider’s suggestions that future treatment, or even surgery, may be necessary to maintain or ultimately repair an injury. In serious accidents, where the victim has lost wages due the inability to work, or a delayed return to work, supporting ones family takes precedence over medical bills owed.

It important to know that once you secure representation for a claim of injury caused by the negligence of another, many anxieties over medical, and other expenses, can be eased with assistance from your attorney. With over three decades of experience representing accident victims, we whole-heartedly believe that your primary concern following an auto accident should be recovering from an injury, or properly grieving over a loss. As such, we will work with treatment providers, insurance companies, and any other necessary parties, to provide you and your family with much needed peace of mind over financial concerns.

With regard to expenses for medical treatment that accrue during the pendency of a claim, it is helpful to understand the meaning of both a ‘letter of protection’ and a ‘medical lien.’ A letter of protection is a document issued by your attorney to medical providers, indicating that medical expenses that become due while your claim is pending, will be paid out of proceeds from a settlement or judgment award. Entry into this agreement creates a legally binding contract between your attorney and treatment provider allowing for the placement of a lien on medical bills owed to that provider. Such lien is referred to as a medical lien.

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It is important to know that a letter of protection, and any resulting medical liens, are legal agreements entered into between a medical provider and the attorney representing an accident victim. Generally, only an attorney can issue a letter of protection, and most providers will not accept personal letters of protection from patients who are not represented by legal counsel. In addition, because expenses that accrue for services rendered remain the responsibility of the patient, no matter what the outcome of the case, it is imperative that you secure an experienced and aggressive attorney who will fight on your behalf for the compensation that you deserve.

Following the resolution of your dispute, our attorneys will continue to work on your behalf by negotiating with medical providers for the purpose of reducing medical liens. In many cases, other expenses owed, but not protected by a medical lien, such as hospital or ambulance bills, may also be reduced through negotiation. Our effective negotiation skills have successfully resulted in the reduction of medical expenses owed, thereby saving our clients several thousands of dollars and maximizing the ultimate amount of financial recovery awarded to victims of negligence.