In the state of Washington, in a personal injury case, when a lien has been filed with the state, the attorney is only required to pay a medical lien up to 25% of the settlement. Is the patient is still responsible for 100% of the fees. I understand this is an area where attorneys and doctors often negotiate, but does it cite anywhere in case law or in RCW 60.44.010 that the doctor is not allowed to collect on the balance owed after the lien has been satisfied? And this is assuming the patient has signed a financial agreement to pay for services, and no health insurance of 1st party auto coverage is available.
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