My apologies again for the wait. Allow me to explain how this works.
Your physicXXXXX XXXXXkely worked on a Letter of Protection
. A Letter of Protection is a letter sent by your counsel to the physician agreeing for them to HOLD OFF on charging for medical services until the case is settled, and then to attach the bill to any settlement. In essence, the physician agrees to wait until the conclusion of the case to demand payment.
Normally what happens is that once the case is settled, the attorney takes their contingency fee, and the physician takes their fee, and then the rest goes to you.
Now, how do you minimize the medical fee? Well, after the matter is concluded, it is not unusual
for the attorney to send a LETTER OF REDUCTION request to the physician that asks them to reduce the fee by 33%, or even 50% in some cases. Example:To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing in regards XXXXX XXXXX case stemming from the injuries _______________ received in an automobile accident for which he was treated at your medical facility. The case has been settled.
Your office treated _______________ for the injuries he received from the accident. The total bill for his treatment is $_____________. Due to variables beyond control, the case has been settled for less than anticipated. We ask that you accept a payment of $_____________ of this total and that this amount would be sufficient to satisfy the balance. Please sign below if this offer is acceptable and send a copy back to our office via facsimile.
(Physician) accepts the total of $660.00 as total payment for the medical treatment provided to by this office to _____________and agree that upon receipt of such payment, his balance will be satisfied.
Now the attorney sends this out (or something akin to this) and the physician USUALLY agrees to at least a quarter of a reduction. Most have their attorneys do this for them. This should help reduce the cost.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.
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