By signing a release for a sum of money settlement, will the health insurance company require reimbursement for what they paid out in medical bills?

The injuries were due to a car accident.

Asked on June 6, 2014 under Personal Injury, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Check your insurance policy and any/all agreements you signed with the insurer. Insurance policies are contracts; insurers can do anything the policy gives them the right to do--and no more than that. If the policy or the agreements you signed in getting the policy give your insurer the right to "subrogation"--or to "step into your shoes" in regards to claims for damages--then yes, they would have the right to recover from any settlement or award you get an amount equal to their own expenditures (e.g. what they paid you for injuries flowing from the accident).


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