- posted: Apr. 04, 2023
- Personal Injury
New York Injury Lawyers Discuss Medical Liens
If you have ever been involved in a personal injury lawsuit, you may be familiar with the term “medical
lien”. Medical liens may be an important part of receiving treatment for your injuries. Understanding
them can also help you navigate your case more effectively.
What is a medical lien?
A medical lien is a legal agreement between the patient, their attorney, and a
medical provider. When signed by both the patient and attorney, it authorizes the doctor or medical
facility to recover any costs of treatment upon settlement of the patient’s case. Medical liens can be
filed by hospitals, surgical centers, doctors, physical therapists, and other providers. In some cases, a
medical provider may refuse treatment until a lien is signed. They are often used when there is no other
way for the plaintiff to cover the cost of treatment. You are essentially agreeing to pay them back.
How do medical liens work?
In New York, medical providers have the right to file a lien against any
settlement a personal injury victim receives as a result of their injuries. Therefore, if you received a
settlement, the medical providers could file a claim to recover their costs. However, if you do not
receive a settlement for your case, you are still legally obligated to pay the lien. Ignoring a lien may
likewise result in a lawsuit with the medical provider.
It’s important to note that the total amount of the medical lien is limited to the amount of medical fees.
Medical providers cannot claim more than what they are owed for treatment provided as a result of the
Contact an experienced injury lawyer
If you or a loved one were involved in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, medical
malpractice, or similar accident, The Licatesi Law Group is happy to help you navigate your claim. All you
have to do is give us a call at (516) 227-2662 and ask for a free consultation.