If you have been a victim of personal injury in the Atlanta area, subsequently
sought emergency medical treatment, and do not have health insurance,
then the odds are highly likely that you have received a Notice of Intent
to File a Hospital Lien in the mail. Many times this letter is typically
from an attorney's office. Understandably, most people are very concerned
when they receive this formal letter from a law office or collections group.
While it may seem worrisome, please rest assured that this is a standard
procedure of most hospitals and is simply a way for them to ensure that
they are getting paid when your
personal injury case settles. Please rest assured that the lien does not affect your credit
rating and by law the lien cannot be used as "evidence of the patient's
failure to pay a debt."
What is a lien?
The lien itself is simply a document that is filed with the court to let
others know that the hospital or medical facility should be paid out of
any settlement or verdict. The "Notice of Intent" is required
to be filed 15 days before the hospital or medical facility then files
a lien. If you have hired an attorney, please make sure that you tell
him or her that you have received a lien notification as he or she will
want to note that in your file.
More importantly your
Atlanta personal injury lawyer will want to make sure that the hospital or medical care facility followed
the proper protocols to formally file the lien. If the proper protocols
were not followed, then this can provide a strong opportunity for your
lawyer to argue for a reduction of the lien since the paperwork was not
properly filed. Georgia's hospital lien statute requires that the
medical care provider or hospital file strict instructions for the proper
filing of a lien.
For more information about Georgia hospital liens and its interplay with
your Atlanta personal injury case, please do not hesitate to
call an experienced injury lawyer at Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. Get your