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Does my attorney or the other party's insurance company send my insurance company their reimbursement check?

Sacramento, CA |

I was involved in an accident and will be settling the case at some point. The other driver is completely at fault. I am just confused as to the payment of my medical expenses. My insurance company is to be paid back the money they paid out in medical expenses for my injury. So, I am wondering if once settlement is reached and the release paperwork is signed, does the other party's insurance company send my attorney a check for the full amount we settled on and my attorney disbursed the medical expenses to my insurance company? Or does the other party's insurance company send my insurance company their expenses and send my lawyer the remainder? I am unclear as to the whole process.

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Usually your attorney handles paying off liens such as the medical payments you are referring to here.


Since you are represented by counsel, I suggest you pick up the phone and call your attorney and ask this question of him or her. You will be paying your attorney good money to answer this type of question. It is usually preferable to have all funds come into your attorney's office and have your attorney negotiate reductions in liens. Call your attorney today.

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You have very valid concerns. However, my suggestion is that you contact your attorney and address these issues with him. Best of luck to you.

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You should discuss this process with your attorney. Usually, the insurance company of the at fault driver sends a check for the full settlement amount to your attorney and attorney disburses the money. However, some attorneys do it differently, sometimes insurance company might have the names of the parties and lienholders on the check.

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Your attorney should be able to negotiate the bills down to 5-10 cents on the dollar. Don't sign the release until your lawyer has done so, otherwise there will be no incentive for him to do so.

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