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What are Healthcare Provider Liens?

February 25, 2021

At Torgenson Law, our team loves fighting insurance companies on behalf of our clients. We will stop at nothing until our client receives the settlement they deserve for their injuries, and we absolutely will not give in to the insurance company’s tactics or sell your case short. With that said, even after we have maximized the value of your case through negotiation or litigation, our job is far from done, as there are likely still medical provider liens, outstanding medical bills, or health insurance subrogation claims that must be paid out of your settlement. Our seasoned attorneys take pride in their ability to negotiate these balances to ultimately put more money directly into your pocket.

What are Healthcare Provider Liens?

As a general matter, a lien—in the personal injury context—is a third party’s legal right to a portion of the settlement proceeds. In personal injury cases,  Arizona law and/or an agreement between the victim and the medical provider may impose a duty on the injured party to repay his or her healthcare providers for their medical services through any personal injury settlement proceeds.

For example, let’s say you are involved in a car crash and receive emergency medical treatment for your personal injuries. Your total hospital charges are $5,000. Because the hospital knows you were involved in a motor vehicle crash and that you could be entitled to compensation, it records a Healthcare Provider Lien pursuant to A.R.S. §§ 33-931 through 33-936. Pursuant to this statute, your healthcare provider is able to claim a right to a portion of any personal injury settlement or judgment you receive as a result of your injury claim.

Obviously, these liens can decrease the ultimate benefit of your settlement outcome and even leave the personal injury victim still owing money. However, often times these liens are invalid or otherwise improper claims against your injury proceeds. Fortunately, with Torgenson Law, all hope is not lost.

How Torgenson Law Can Help You!

Through years of experience, our attorneys have fine-tuned their knowledge regarding Arizona law related to healthcare provider liens. Ultimately, with this knowledge, we are able to negotiate and demand significant reductions from your medical providers and/or other lienholders or otherwise challenge their rights to your injury settlement funds.

What is the ultimate benefit of these reductions? More money goes directly into your pocket. Specifically, for every dollar that a provider agrees to reduce by, is another dollar that goes directly to you. At the end of the day, these reductions are just another way we are able to better satisfy your expectations for your personal injury case. So, even in cases where the liable party’s liability limits are minimal and your injuries are massive, we will do everything we can to make sure you are compensated.

Again, as your Arizona Injury Lawyers, we will not be satisfied until you are happy with the amount of money you are walking away with when your claim is resolved. This means we will battle with the insurance company until they recognize the true value of your personal injury damages. And it also means that we will negotiate down your liens and medical bills to the fullest extent possible. If you wish to take advantage of our relentless legal representation, call us at (602) 726-0747 for a free case review.

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