If you had done a right thing and retained a lawyer, the lawyer would have made sure that liens were negotiated down and factored into the settlement equation. This is what happens when you are penny wise and pound foolish.
Speak to your lawyer about any money that Rawlings received. A new law was just signed which may effect that. Your lawyer should have negotiated all liens about the case before distributing money.
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By law you had to place medicare on notice of your claim. Rawlings might not have been entitled to anything. It depends if your employer was a fully self-insures erisa. I guess you didn't know these things but a personal injury lawyer would have.
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Sorry but you were a fool to handle this yourself without a lawyer.
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Under the law, Medicare is entitled to recover money that it expended for injuries arising out of the accident for which you settled. An attorney would have used the Medicare and Rawlings liens to negotiate a better settlement. It sounds like you did not really know what you were doing but still tried to do it yourself, and now you're going to end up owing Medicare. You would have done better for yourself if you hired an attorney, but I guess you figured that out by now.
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