Personal Injury Lawyer
After suffering an injury at someone else’s negligence, your medical bills may stack up. Surprise bills like this may feel impossible to pay off. If this is the case with you, then it is important that you file a lawsuit against the negligent party. However, even if you file a personal injury lawsuit, you will still have to pay the bills.
Some wrongfully believe that if you are in the middle of a lawsuit, that you do not have to pay anything. Here is what you really need to know about medical bills and how the hospital will ask for payment for your treatment.
The Initial Hospital Bill
You will receive a hospital bill for your medical treatment. Even if you are in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit, you are still responsible for your bills. If you cannot afford your bills, then your first move should be to talk with the hospital and try to negotiate the bill down. You may even be able to get on board with a payment plan to make those bills easier to pay. You still owe the money, regardless of your case. The last thing that you want to do is skip a payment. If you do not pay, the doctors can give the bills to a collections agency and if you still do not pay, they could file a lawsuit against you.
The Collections Agency
If you do not pay your bills, the hospital or doctor will send your bills to collections. Once in collections, you will receive a notification. Normally you will receive a letter in the mail to inform you that your bills have been sent to the agency. In addition, you will begin to receive phone calls about said bills. It is important that you speak to a lawyer before you begin to pay the agency. He or she will tell you what to do and what to say to the collections agent.
In most cases, it is always smart to contact a personal injury lawyer, like a personal injury lawyer from Needle & Ellenberg, P.A., to assist with your case. Your lawyer may even be able to help you negotiate your bills with the hospital. The sooner that you begin your personal injury case, the sooner you will have the compensation necessary to pay your bills in full. Until then, however, the bills are your responsibility. For help with your lawsuit, consult with a personal injury lawyer.