Baltimore Accident Injuries and Medicare
Medicare is a federal health insurance program. The program pays for medical expenses for individuals who are 65 or older. It also applies to some individuals who are younger than 65. In those instances, disability is typically the reason Medicare applies.
If you were injured, in a car accident or another event, and another individual is at fault, a personal injury claim may be the right path to compensation. This is true for everyone, including Medicare recipients. The difference is how settlements are handled. If there is a financial settlement, a Medicare patient may have to reimburse Medicare for expenses they covered in connection to the accident injuries.
Are you filing a personal injury claim in connection with a Baltimore accident? Are you a Medicare recipient? The personal injury lawyers at Iamele & Iamele, LLP can help you to determine how much compensation will likely be awarded and how that amount will be distributed after the settlement is awarded.
Keeping Medicare Informed Each Step of the Way
It can smooth the process if you keep good records and inform Medicare as you move forward with your healthcare bills and healing. An attorney is able to move your claim forward and help you with the documentation you will need to report your injury to Medicare.
- Report the injury to Medicare.
- If you are awarded compensation, report it.
- Assess any liens provided.
- Appeal or pay for lien.
Medicare needs to be informed when an injury occurs and if you do not report the accident it is likely a Medicare official will contact you. When discussing the situation, be honest and keep any records that are a result of your communications.
Later, when a personal injury settlement is awarded, Medicare will likely want to be reimbursed for payments and request a portion of the financial settlement you have secured. This is another reason why you want to be sure you are securing the maximum settlement possible. The personal injury lawyers at Iamele & Iamele, LLP can help you make that a reality.
Dealing with Medicare Liens
A lien notice from Medicare will likely appear after you have received financial compensation for your personal injuries. This is when your benefit statements, bills, and letters will be helpful. All of this information needs to be assessed carefully, an attorney review is recommended. Sometimes, future hospital expenses are not included in the lien amount.
After receiving a Medicare lien, your choice is to decide if you will appeal or pay. Again, a lawyer can help you make this decision. Negotiating the amount is an extremely rare occurrence. The decision is typically to simply move forward and pay the amount or appeal the lien.
Do you know how Medicare will impact your settlement? You need an attorney on your side. Contact the Baltimore personal injury attorneys at Iamele & Iamele, LLP to understand your options in distributing settlement compensation funds. We have extensive knowledge and experience in accident cases and securing financial compensation for victims. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.