This is highly unusual. I have never known Medicare to take this long to settle a lien. Perhaps you should schedule an appointment with your lawyer, and request copies of all letters to and from Medicare. Ask your lawyer to explain what's taking so long. If you are not satisfied with the answer, ask the bar association to investigate.
If I understand your question correctly it has been 4 1/2 years since your case was settled and you still haven't received your share of the settlement proceeds due to a lien? Your question is nonspecific as to what sort of lien. You need to contact your lawyer and schedule an appointment for a full explanation. If you are unsatisfied with his explanation then you need to contact another lawyer to review what is going on.
This sounds unusual. The longest it took me with medicare was about 1 year, and that is because they sent the file to the wrong place, and it got shuffled all over the country until finally ending up in Baltimore. We were asking for a significant reduction in the lien, and finally got one. I hate to think your lawyer is not being up front with you or diligent. You should go see him and ask for details and copies of all correspondence. If possible, bring a friend to help you and to be a witness. Ask the lawyer to give you a chronology of events and dealings with mcare. Ive heard of some people going to their elected officials, congressperson or senator, and getting help when mcare was jerking them around. You would want the chronology and letters from your lawyer to show the elected official for help.
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