I live in WA, but involved an auto accident in CA. I have an attorney in CA.
Whenever I get bills from my doctor, my attorney pays for me so I understand my attorney would get the money back. But do I have to reimburse to the insurance company? Are the insurance company get reimbursement directly from the other driver's insurance company not from my settlement? I am using USAA auto insurance and Blue Cross Blue Shield, and whatever amounts uncovered by them, my attorney pays right now. I want to know how that work when I get my settlement because I hear many different stories about the settlement.
The settlement will go to your attorney to first pay creditors (doctor and insurance), his fees and his costs. The remainder will go to you. Your attorney will be working with the creditors to lower their demand. If s/he is able to do so, there will be more money to you.
Your obligation, if any, to pay insurance back depends on the language of the insurance policies involved and the law of the State that governs your claim. In Washington, the insurer is usually entitled to reimbursement for what they have paid, provided the injured party has been fully compensated for their injuries and damages. In many cases, the insurer must pay a proportionate share of the attorney fees and costs you incurred. I would review your policies and check with your attorney in California.
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