Is it customary when a personal injury case is settled for the lawyer to pay all bills resulting from the accident?

Such as hospital, doctors, etc.?

Asked on July 24, 2015 under Personal Injury, Florida


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The personal injury attorney pays the medical bills, etc. from the settlement for those medical providers who have a lien, which means they are to be paid out of the settlement.  If there isn't a lien, the attorney is not obligated to pay the bills, but might pay the bills out of the settlement depending on the provisions in the attorney's retainer agreement.  If the attorney does not pay bills where there isn't any lien, the client remains responsible for those bills.

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