Florida Personal Injury Claims Involving Medicare Recipients
If you sustained injuries because another was reckless, compensation may be possible. When negligence leads to a Florida car crash, a personal injury claim or lawsuit is likely. This is true for Medicare recipients, individuals with private coverage, and people with no health insurance at all. In many instances, Medicare recipients are seniors, they are typically 65 years old or older. But the program does cover others too, depending on the circumstances.
After an injury, talk to a legal professional about the possibility of financial compensation. When a person requires hospitalization, doctor appointments, or physical therapy appointments to heal, expenses can be high and compensation can provide support for families trying to move past the injurious event. If you are a Medicare recipient, you may need to reimburse the government program once a settlement is reached. A Florida personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the process.
Paying or Appealing
Best practice is to stay in contact with Medicare throughout your claim or case, but if you do not let them know you have received financial compensation it is likely the program will contact you. A Medicare lien notice will probably arrive, letting you know how much of your settlement needs to be transferred to Medicare to cover the costs of your medical care.
In most instances, you will not be able to negotiate the amount you owe to Medicare. Your options will be to pay the lien or appeal it. If you truly believe the amount is incorrect and needs to be changed, the appeal option is the best path toward resolution.
Contact Medicare and Maintain Communication
Keeping accurate records and opening lines of communication with Medicare can smooth the settlement process. Some of the proactive steps you can take include the following.
- Contact Medicare and let them know you were hurt.
- Inform the program of the type of injury you sustained and what care you are receiving.
- Once a settlement is reached, let Medicare know of the compensation.
Of course, when an individual is recovering from an injury, discussing the details of their situation with a Medicare representative is not top of mind. But, simply knowing these details will need to be attended to at some point is beneficial. Then, you can keep records and know that a portion of your settlement will be moving to repay the program that covers your medical bills.
Do you have questions about your claim and your Medicare coverage? There are ways to secure compensation and reimburse Medicare, as appropriate. A Florida personal injury lawyer has the experience and knowledge to walk you through the process and secure a fair settlement amount.
If you are a Florida resident who was in a car crash, compensation could be an option. Talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible to strengthen your case. When another is negligent, you are not responsible for all of the fees connected to an accident. With over 100 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Roman & Roman will help you to understand your rights. Schedule your free consultation today in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa.