Providence Personal Injury Law Blog

Monday, April 17, 2017

Lien on Me

Personal injury law, like so many other disciplines, is not cut and dried. Legal knowledge alone is not sufficient. For one to be a truly competent personal injury attorney, compassion as well as interpersonal and negotiation skills are required. Following is a case in point:

Several years ago our law practice had a personal injury case in which we represented a woman who had broken her leg in two places after slipping on some liquid at a night club. At the time of the accident, it was late at night and the bouncers were asking everyone to leave, so there was no time to get any information about what the liquid was, where it came from, or how long it had been on the floor. Subsequent attempts to get information about the liquid went nowhere, so the woman’s chances of recovering anything at trial were minimal at best. Nevertheless, the insurance company for the nightclub, with a little push from the judge assigned to the trial calendar, was anxious to settle the case and made the woman a fairly decent offer.

There was, however, a major problem: since the woman did not have healthcare insurance, the amount of the offer was not enough to pay all of her medical bills. Seeing no other alternative, she accepted the offer and settled the case. Though she felt hopeless, we reassured her that we had her back. We subsequently made a complete list of all of the healthcare providers to whom the woman owed money. Many of them had placed a lien on the woman’s case in order to be compensated before any other funds were dispersed.

We knew that if those bills did not get paid, there was a very good possibility that the woman would be subject to collections beyond her means to satisfy. In addition, she owed our law firm money for fees and costs. When all these costs were combined, it looked as if she would wind up with nothing from the settlement.

Wanting to be proactive in defending her rights, we contacted each and every healthcare provider on the list, explaining exactly what the situation was. Although it took time, effort, and a good deal of persuasion, eventually we succeeded in our quest for justice for our client. By being straightforward, supplying actual numbers and amounts, and answering all of the providers' questions, we convinced most of them that the fair and reasonable thing to do in this situation was to accept a compromise of proportionate settlement of their bills. We did the same. As a result, we were able to pay all our client's bills and still present her with some money from the settlement.

This is not the first time we have had to confront a challenging process like this one. It’s just an example of the caring, individualized service we routinely provide to our clients. If you or someone you know has experienced a similarly difficult situation as a result of a personal injury, we would be happy to help. Please contact William Kolb at 401-714-0622 (office) or 401-714-1391 (cell phone). Our priority is getting you the compensation you deserve.

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