This is the next post in our series on the handling of Austin, Texas bicycle accidents. Our last article discussed how comparative fault impacts bike injury cases. It is important to understand that a rider may be able to recover damages even if they were partially to blame for the incident. In this post we will discuss an issue which creates anxiety for many negligence victims – dealing with medical providers both before and after an accident. Knowing what to expect during and after treatment can help to prevent you from enduring financial hardship as a result of your injury.
Many bicycle victims are understandably worried about medical expenses after an accident. Being hit while riding a bike can lead to serious injuries such as brain damage, paralysis, or spinal damage. The bills from such an event can seem astronomical. Fortunately, there are many medical providers who understand that a victim is unable to pay out such large sums of money after being injured through no fault of their own. Such providers will often provide needed care and will place a lien against any possible settlement to be received by the victim. This allows for the victim to receive the care they need while delaying payment to a later date.
There is an issue which often arises for victims who have received medical care by allowing the provider to issue a lien against any settlement proceeds. That issue is when the amount of a potential settlement will leave the victim with very little money after all medical expenses are paid. This occurs in cases where there is a dispute over liability or when comparative fault is an issue; both are situations in which the victim may receive a reduced settlement. In either instance it may be possible for your lawyer to negotiate with the medical provider so that the provider will accept a reduced payment amount. This can allow a victim to still receive compensation after all of their medical bills are paid. By hiring counsel who is experienced in dealing with medical providers you improve the chances that you will receive compensation for your injuries.
Dan Christensen is an Austin injury attorney with extensive experience in negotiating medical liens. He devotes his practice to defending the rights of victims and will to ensure that you receive the highest amount of compensation possible. Contact our office today to speak with a bicycle accident lawyer. We also service Travis County cities which include Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, the Williamson County cities of Georgetown, Cedar Park, and Leander, as well as other areas of Texas.