Who Pays My Bills When Filing My Medical Malpractice Claim?
You put faith in your medical provider to treat and advise you. When they make a mistake, you can be stuck with those mistakes for the rest of your life. Plus, when you receive an expensive doctor’s or hospital bill after suffering medical malpractice, it can add insult to injury.
Our lawyers at Nelson & Hammons, Attorneys At Law, understand how distressing and challenging this situation can be, especially while you’re trying to hold your doctor accountable. We offer step-by-step guidance on handling and even using medical bills as evidence in your malpractice case.
What To Do When The Bills Roll In
Here is a breakdown of what to do in these scenarios:
Inform The Health Clinic/Hospital About Your Situation
If your medical malpractice claim is still being processed and you receive a bill, call your health clinic or hospital immediately. Let them know that your bills are part of your medical malpractice claim and that they must get sent to your attorney.
Lawyers can often use medical bills in malpractice cases to demonstrate the financial losses you suffered due to your health care provider’s negligence. Contact us if you have further questions on how your bills can serve as evidence in your malpractice case.
Discuss How You Will Cover Your Bills
Even when you communicate your situation, hospital administrators may still ask when you can pay. You can tell them you are holding off on paying until your case closes. You can also discuss how you will pay the bill regardless of the outcome.
If you win your case, your provider’s malpractice insurance will likely cover the cost of your bills as part of a reimbursement process. If you don’t win, you and your insurer will probably be responsible for your medical bills. Or, if you end up settling your medical malpractice case out of court, you can get a health insurance lien or med pay lien to cover your costs. We can help work these details out for you so you’re not stuck with a bill you can’t afford.
Communicating these matters to the hospital can make working and negotiating with them a lot easier.
What To Expect With Pending Medical Bills
While you and your attorney pursue your malpractice claim, you may still hear from clinic or hospital administrators about your bills. They may push for a repayment plan or send your bill to collections. We can help you navigate these challenging matters alongside your claim so that you can maintain peace of mind. Call 318-716-7329 if you have any additional questions about how we can assist you.
Handling Medical Bills And Claims Can Be A Balancing Act
It can feel frustrating when the institution that owes you a duty of care leads to an injury or severe medical condition and then asks you to pay your bills.Nelson & Hammons, Attorneys At Law, can help you handle your bills as we work with you in managing your claim.
Schedule an initial consultation with us today by visiting our contact page.