Last Updated On: 8 November 2016

How Medical Liens Work

To understand medical liens and how they work, one must first understand what personal injury is and how it is linked to a medical lien.

In layman’s terms, a personal injury is when one individual suffers an injury due to another person’s actions or negligence. The attorney is necessary to represent their client in court and argue their case. It will then be decided who was liable (legally responsible) for the accident and what is the compensation for the injured party will be, that is if the defendant is found guilty.

Some of the common personal injury cases include:

• Road traffic accidents
Road accidents are the most common among all the personal injury cases. It could be a vehicle colliding with another motor vehicle, a pedestrian, animal or another object such as a pole.

• Tripping
Tripping can include falling due to the presence of some unsafe objects within a building or due to misuse of a property.

• Assault and battery
Assault is a threat of a harmful act and battery is intentional harm caused by a person.

• Product defect accidents
If a manufacturing defect in a product or product design failure causes harm to an individual, it can be a personal injury case.

• Medical negligence
This includes improper or unskilled medical care such as negligence of a dentist, nurse, pharmacist etc.

• Workers’ Compensation
Similar to personal injury, accidents and injuries that take occur in the workplace are handled by workers’ compensation cases.

In all of these scenarios, immediate medical assistance is of utmost importance. In most states, the hospitals will provide immediate assistance, but are forced to relieve the patient after the condition is stabilized. Often times, the patient still requires further care and treatment.

What if the patient is unable to pay for the treatment immediately? What if the patient cannot afford the treatment at all? What if the patient does not have insurance to cover the costs? This is exactly where a medical lien becomes necessary for the patients well-being and the case itself.

Under such circumstances, the attorney who is handling the case for the patient provides the doctor with a lien or a letter of protection which promises to pay the doctor after the case has been settled in court. If the doctor agrees to the terms and conditions, an agreement is signed between the attorney, the patient and the doctor. This means that whatever the end result of the case, the doctor still receives payment.

Often times, finding a doctor that will agree to work under such an agreement is difficult. However, Power Liens has an answer. If you’ve had trouble with this in the past, take a look at our online directory of doctors on liens.

Power Liens is the largest online directory of doctors working on liens and has made the lives of attorneys working on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases much easier! Within a few clicks, attorneys can locate a well-reputed doctor in their area and negotiate their terms.

We have over 4000 doctors listed for over 25 specialties and cover 4 states! Simply search for the type of physician and location that your client needs and view a list of profiles with no cost and no hassle.