You should hire a lawyer to over all the rights that your daughter has. I've seen cases like this before and its possible to have the medical bills eliminated or paid for by the at fault party. We all provide free consultations.
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You need to immediately consult with an experienced CA personal injury attorney to help you navigate all of the coverage issues and make sure that she maximizes her recovery.
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You should open a claim with the insurance company for the liable party. If Medi-Cal paid any of the medical bills, the agency will have a lien on the claim. You should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options.
You should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in your area. You did not discuss liability, but with your daughter being a passenger, she would likely have a claim either against the the driver of the car she was in or a 3rd party. A person injury attorney would be able to guide you through the process, answer your questions, and ensure your daughter's claim is maximized.
She needs a free consult with an injury lawyer. If the 3d party was responsible for the crash, then a claim can be filed with his/her ins co. If the driver of the car in which she was a passenger is at fault, his ins will have to respond to the claim. If your daughter lives with you, and you have auto ins with med pay or um coverage., it could come into play. Medi-cal should cover her bills. The providers need to bill medi-cal. Don't tell the providers about any insurance or claims your daughter will be making. Medi -cal will have a lien for reimbursement, but it will be much less than what the providers charged for services.
I'm so sorry that this happened to your daughter and I must advise you to seek out one of us attorneys here on AVVO who is licensed to practice in California. There is typically no charge for a consultation and most attorneys also work on a contingency fee so there is no payment unless they obtain a settlement for you. It's best to speak one on one with an attorney and give them all the facts related to your case and they will give you a valid answer about what steps to take.
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