How the Insurance Company in Your Personal Injury Case May Try to Profit From Your Injury – and What You Can Do About It
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer. If you have been injured in a personal injury accident because of the careless actions of another person, you may have needed to obtain medical treatment from a hospital emergency room. If you presented yourself to a California emergency room claiming you were injured by another person and did not have the money to pay for services, the hospital may apply for and perfect a hospital lien. Like other liens, a hospital lien gives the hospital that treated you a right to recover payment for its services to you from funds or property. This can include compensation awards you would receive as part of a personal injury lawsuit or other property or funds you may have. The amount of the lien is the value of the medical services you received less any payments made by you or a third party.