When you don’t use a Fairfax accident lawyer to settle your accident case, you don’t have anyone telling you what to do with your settlement check. While this sounds great (you didn’t have to pay attorney’s fees!), it also means that you take responsibility for repaying any debts related to your recovery.
Depending on how your medical bills were handled, you may have to repay parties such as:
- Medicare or Medicaid;
- a military health benefit plan;
- an ERISA-governed group health benefit plan through your employer;
- a federal government employer health benefit plan; and
- your treating physician or a hospital.
Your personal insurance companies, health or car, may also seek reimbursement for any payments they made on your behalf as you negotiated your accident case settlement. Typically, all parties that require repayment will send you letters informing you of your obligations.
If you fail to reimburse your insurance company they may file a lawsuit against you to obtain the compensation that is owed. In this case, you typically need a lawyer, as you will be going to court against a large insurance company with an extensive legal team.
Repayment of your medical bills is just one of the things you need to consider after you’ve settled your accident case. While you didn’t need a lawyer to reach the settlement stage, you may still need to consult with an attorney when it comes to finalizing your settlement and putting your accident behind you.
You Didn’t Need a Lawyer for Your Accident Case Settlement, but We’re Still Here to Help
If you think you’re ready to handle your accident case on your own I encourage you to visit my website and download a FREE digital copy of my book, Get It Settled! The Accident Victim’s Guide to Settling Your Case Without Hiring a Lawyer. Of course, I won’t leave my clients hanging in the wind – if you think you really need a Fairfax injury lawyer to help you settle your case, contact Ben Glass Law at our website, or give us a call at 703-584-7277 and we’ll set up a consultation.