I was in a car accident 10/13/2016. The other driver ran the stop sign and I had the right of way. The accident was not my fault. I have a lawyer representing me currently. I was taken to the hospital via ambulance, due to a broken wrist. I had surgery same day, with metal pins and plate put in my wrist. I was out of work 2 months, I still require physical therapy and the strength in that wrist is no longer the same as a result. My question is, when I receive the settlement, will they take part of it for my medical bills? Or will they give me my settlement money and pay the bills separately? I'm trying to get an idea of the amount I will receive for myself to pay off school loans, move...etc
It can be done either way, but generally the medical bills are included in the settlement. You should be asking your attorney.
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The settlement will include compensation for your medical bills. Whether you and your attorneys pay outstanding medical bills from your settlement proceeds or not will depend on whether there are any liens asserted by your medical providers or other entities, and whether you choose to have your lawyer pay the bills from the proceeds or whether you decide to be responsible for them yourself. You should discuss this in detail with your lawyer.
Generally the medical bills have to be paid from your settlement amount before you receive payment.
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You should ask your lawyer this question. You are paying her / him to provide this advice.
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We shouldn't be answering your question when you are represented. Ask your own lawyer. That is the proper thing to do.
Your attorney is bound to pay medical bills that have liens. It is part of your settlement. Sit down and talk with your attorney.
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