If you’re a Medicare recipient looking to claim back the charges incurred in a personal injury case, you’re in for a surprise. As per the recent Federal Laws, the people who claim under this section of Medicare are entitled to reimburse the claim charges which were initially spent for the recovery of the losses. Failure to do so will not only result in possible litigation, but the reimbursement amount can also be increased while the interest charges for the late payment keep getting added to the amount.
What all you need to do to make sure you have the right information?
If you’re not careful with the way you deal with the lien, you can be in for a surprise. You have to make sure that you have all the information in place while claiming the charges of Medicare.
- You need to figure out if you’re even eligible for Medicare benefits.
- Secondly, you need to tell your lawyer if you have received any kind of correspondence or written communication from Medicare.
- If you’re looking for some claim amounts to be reimbursed, get one thing very clear in your mind. The process is extremely cumbersome and it will take time to get resolved.
Medicare Secondary Payer:
If you’re insured by your insurance company or a worker’s compensation fund, you are not entitled to receive any kind of benefit from Medicare Claim. For this very purpose, if the Medicare paid your expenses initially, you would have to pay them off later once the personal injury case is over; failure to do so can result in action under the Federal Law. Medicare helps you tide over the initial times, but at some time or the other, you have to pay off the claims. If you don’t do so or if the Insurance Company fails to do so, the charges are doubled and of course, legal action will be taken against you.
How can this affect your Personal Injury Case?
In the battle with Medicare, you can expect to spend a good amount of time in negotiations. You, the insurance company as well as your lawyer will have to sit and negotiate with Medicare. But this will happen only once they have perused through your case and given you a ball park figure of the amount owed to them in damages. Once all the negotiations are in place, you can go ahead and make the necessary adjustments for the funds transfer.
But whatever be the case, you have to make sure that you have a good personal injury lawyer who knows how to tackle both the situations. Not only will this help you financially, but will also make sure that you don’t get into kind of financial troubles with Medicare or the other party who needs to pay up for the personal injury.
What to expect with the Medicare reimbursement program?
This procedure usually takes a lot of time before it’s finally wrapped up. In order to determine the dues, Medicare will have to go into the depths of your personal injury case, take into consideration of lot of the factors affecting the personal injury damages before it can even roll out a figure for the dues. The whole process is extremely cumbersome and if you’re getting involved in such a scenario, you should be well prepared to wait it out before expecting an outcome.
This guest post is contributed by Veronica King, a successful attorney. She is an integral part of a legal team specializing in personal injury cases. She suggests her readers to hire a proficient lawyer to help them deal with their legal issues.