Finding a Doctor who will work on a medical lien
What is a medical lien?
A medical Lien is the right for the medical provider in a personal injury case to have an interest in the recovery. It is a somewhat guarantee, that if a recovery is made in your personal injury case, the doctor will be paid out of that recovery. Hospitals may file a medical lien in a personal injury case as well. Filing a Medical Lien in a personal injury case does not mean guaranteed payment of medical servers. It is hard to find a doctor that will treat a auto injury because of this fact. Many Primary care physicians will not treat an injured patient or auto accident patients. They generally say they do not do third party billing.
Reasons why Many medical providers will not treat on a lien
- No guarantee of payment– Not all personal injury cases are won or settled. If the personal injury attorney loses the case, there will be no payment to the doctor or medical provider who provided treatment in the case
- If may be years before a medical lien is paid– If a doctor treats an auto accident injury and then the personal injury attorney cannot reach a amicable agreement with the insurance company a lawsuit may be filed. When a lawsuit is filed it may be months or years before a settlement may be reached. Many doctors and medical providers do not want to wait years or even months to get paid on a medical lien
- Doctors may have to settle for less-When a settlement is reached, it may not be what everyone was hoping for. This may mean reduced payments for all parties involved. Many personal injury attorneys look for ways to cut cost and the doctor is the first one to get cut. Many doctors will not treat on a medical lien because they want to get paid for their services just as an attorney would. When bills get cut in half or even lower by the attorney, doctors tend not to want to deal with auto accident patients at all.
In many ways , a medical lien is a security blanket for a medical provider or a doctor. Attorney’s will look to see if the medical provider filed the medical lien properly. If a medical provider did not file it correctly or it is improper the attorney may not have to honor their obligation to pay the medical lien. Anyone who will treat an auto accident patient on a medical lien may need to speak with their own attorney to ensure that they have the proper paperwork and file it with the correct entity to ensure the security it provides is afforded.
How can you find a doctor who will treat on a medical lien
Finding doctors or medical providers who will treat in this manner is not as easy as one would think. You can always go to the emergency room for treatment, even if you cannot pay. But finding follow up medical care after an injury on a lien might be difficult. If you have been injured in an auto accident and need to find follow up care on, search our database for a doctor near you. If we do not have a doctor listed near you, may sure to contact us and we will find you one.