Taking care of your injuries in the aftermath of an accident should be the primary issue you need to deal with. However, for the majority of personal injury victims, the bigger issue is who will pay the bills for their medical treatment. When you hire a St. Augustine auto accident attorney, he will help you figure out the best solution to pay the medical bills while you concentrate on healing your injuries.
Who Will Pay the Bills?
The most logical answer should be the person who caused the injury. However, it is not this simple. Although the at-fault party should ultimately be liable, it is your responsibility to take care of your bills until your case is settled. The sad truth is, even if the other party is clearly at fault, the insurance company will not pick up your medical bills without a fight.
There are various options of paying for your medical bills. With the help of your St. Augustine auto accident attorney, you can figure out the best game plan that will suit your specific needs.
You Can Pay
One option is for you to personally pay the bills with your own funds and then seek to recover from the at-fault party. However, this option is not possible for the majority of individuals. The average person simply does not have so much cash to pay medical bills out of pocket.
Your Health Insurance Can Pay
Another option is to submit the medical bills to your health insurance, if you have one. At this point, it becomes the health insurance company’s liability to seek recovery from the at-fault party for your medical bills.
You Can Opt for a Medical Lien
Another option is for your St. Augustine auto accident attorney to ask the hospitals and/or your treating physicians to “lien up” your medical file. This means that your doctors will continue to bill you, but you will not have to pay the bills until your case is settled. Once your case is settled, your medical bills will be paid out of the settlement funds.
If you need help determining what is the best way to handle your medical bills after an accident or injury, call the Attorneys at Canan Law at (904) 824-9402 to schedule a complimentary consultation with St. Augustine auto accident attorney Patrick Canan.