Personal Injury Law
Personal Injury Law Questions? Ask Personal Injury Lawyers.
The answer to your question is that hospitals and medical providers will send a notice of lien for medical bills to most everyone filing a personal injury lawsuit. They have a subrogation right in most cases to recover their charges (or a substantial portion thereof). You need to send the hospital a copy of your disbursement sheet and the settlement agreement to show that if any money has not been paid it is the fault of the attorney. You are right to consider a disciplinary complaint against the attorney if these monies were mishandled. You may also need to refer the matter to the local authorities... theft is theft.
It is very strange that your attorney couldn't give you a full settlement amount figure. You need to review the settlement agreement, the satisfaction and release of liability, and the disbursement sheet to verify they agree as to amounts. However, this could be a simple paperwork issue that may end up resolved once your attorney gets his file. Stay on top of this matter and keep everything in writing.
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