Those who get into accidents and do not have sufficient medical coverage to pay for their injuries, a letter of protection is a strong option for relief. A personal injury case, whether it is a car accident, slip and fall, motorcycle accident or something else, cannot be proven without some kind of medical evidence to show what happened. Therefore, a letter of protection is a document that allows you to bypass barriers that are related to insurance that keep you from getting the medical attention your injuries require, in order to successfully solve your case.
Letters of protection are documents that help those who don’t have insurance, or who are underinsured, to get the medical care they need after a bad accident. The letter of protection also allows you to pursue compensation via filing a personal injury lawsuit or an insurance claim. If you or someone you love have suffered an accident in Washington and don’t have sufficient medical coverage to pay for their personal injuries, you need to call Church and Page right away. By scheduling a free, no-obligation initial consultation, our Yakima accident attorneys can inform you of any documents, policies or paths you can take to maximize your compensation and get your life back on track.
Is A Letter Of Protection A Lien?
A letter of protection is not the same as a medical lien, although you may hear the terms used interchangeably in the context of medical care and personal injury claims and lawsuits. A medical lien is a legal document that ensures a medical professional or other health care provider will get paid for treating a patient who is involved in a personal injury case whenever their case is settled and they receive compensation.
With a medical lien, your medical professional, health care provider or the hospital you are at will typically file the lien and then ask you to provide your signature while you are under their care. The health care provider is legally permitted to enforce this lien, and is entitled to a portion of the injured persons’ settlement once it comes in. A letter of protection is not the same as a lien, as you do not need to pay back the funds from a letter of protection.
Are Letters Of Protection Legally Binding?
Yes, letters of protection are in fact legally binding documents. If you do not uphold the conditions laid out in the letters, you will face consequences. The medical office, hospital, or health care provider can ask you to pay back the cost of the medical treatment if you do not honor the contract associated with the letter of protection.
It’s important to always have a lawyer present if you are going to sign letters of protection or a medical lien. The language in contracts and legal documents can be very difficult for someone to understand, especially if they are ill or injured and may already be confused about the process before them and what’s going on.
Most letters of protection will dictate that a medical professional will provide treatment for you to care for your injuries while your case is at trial, and that the letters of protection will remain valid and are to be upheld until the conclusion of your case. THe medical provider will not ask for payment until the letters are no longer in effect.
Additionally, the letters of protection may dictate that your attorney will be responsible for paying the full cost of your medical care and treatment of your injuries with a percentage of your settlement or you will pay the expenses out of pocket.
Can I Receive Compensation For My Medical Treatment After An Accident?
As your personal injury accident attorneys, Church and Page will fight for your right to medical bills compensation. If you have been injured or fallen ill due to someone else’s negligence, we will share your side of the story before a judge and prove why you deserve medical bill compensation.
Medical bill compensation can include the cost of prescription medication, the cost of physical or occupational therapy required for youth to properly heal, hospital bills and emergency room charges, doctor’s visit copays, any associated surgeries, and more. If you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, you should not have to pay to recover out of your own pocket.
Call Church and Page today to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation. We will answer any initial questions you have about letters of protection or your potential personal injury lawsuit case. We’ll stop at nothing to get you the compensation you deserve.