Short and sweet....auto accident that led to eventual surgery. The driver at fault had a minimum $50k policy which his insurance said they would pay. My attorney early on stated that she would work hard at negotiating medical cost down. I just received the breakdown. After attorney fee/costs and medical cost, was $33,000 Whitehall leaves my payment of $17,000.
Not complaining, I just am not sure if that’s reasonable. I know there are a lot of variables but this being my first experience I’m looking for any input from the professionals. THX
If you had a surgery then your medical bills were probably very high. Under circumstances where there is limited insurance involved, the medical providers sometimes, but not always, agree to a 3-way split with the attorneys getting 1/3rd, the medical providers collectively getting 1/3rd, and the injured person getting 1/3rd even though the medical providers probably take a big hit under that scenario compared to what they get paid for the same services by health insurance. It looks like that is probably what happened on your case, and that is probably about as good of an outcome as you could have hoped for given that there was only $50,000 in insurance available.
How do you know the attorney did not do all they could? Get a breakdown of all the costs and medical liens including what those bills were prior to being negotiated by counsel. Based upon the limited information in your post it appears your lawyer did a fine job.
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Did you have the option of going to trial to attempt to get a higher amount? There are not many facts given but it appears the settlement was split three ways.
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