Lawyer is holding my settlement cause he is waiting for my healthcare provider to waive the claim so I can get the medical bill payout, what does this mean? How long does something like this take? I was in an accident a passenger not at fault and suffered 120,000.00 and my lawyer already got me 100,000.00 but hasnt paid me yet until the healthcare provider waives the claim.
No set time limit. Sometimes it takes a long time because you have to battle with them, work your way up the authority ladder, etc. Getting the 100k settlement was maybe half the battle. getting the healthplan to waive its claim completely would be a stellar result. I wouldnt assume they will waive completely. Many factors come in to play; the plan language, type of plan, state law, ERISA, various equitable doctrines, etc. There is a case pending in the US Supreme Court argued about a month ago that will affect self insured Erisa healthplans and their plan language concerning reimbursement.
It is not possible to second guess this issue. It could be a matter of a few weeks or six months. Health entities have so many offices to deal with. You just have to be patient. Your money is not going anywhere. It is in your lawyer's trust account. You can check with him once a week until this issue is resolved. Best of luck.
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