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Posted in Blog on June 6, 2018   |  by Gary Burger

Fighting to Lower Liens

One of our clients, Tenesha, approached us not long after she was involved in a car accident in St. Clair County, Illinois. Tenesha was rear-ended in the collision and suffered injuries to her back, neck, and shoulders that led to thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Our firm was able to secure Tenesha an incredible settlement for her claim, but we decided we would continue the fight. When we take on a case we do our best to put as much money into the pockets of our clients as possible.

That is why we negotiate with the providers to lower the medical liens in cases like these.

Tenesha was overcharged by her chiropractor, Shiloh Chiropractic, who refused to negotiate a reduction. The chiropractor attempted to charge Tenesha $250 per visit and wanted an overall payment of $5,600.

The chiropractor refused to accept Tenesha’s insurance and did not want to negotiate with our office when we attempted to have the bill reduced by one-third. It left us no choice but to file a motion to adjudicate the lien with the court. Once the chiropractor hired an attorney and our firm received a letter stating the doctor was asking for the full amount, plus interest, and attorney’s fees. The amount jumped from $5,600 to $7,000.

The lawyer for the doctor appeared in court without us and asked for Ex Parte – a ruling without us being there. We finally got to negotiate with the doctor’s attorney and asked for his entire file and why the doctor did not bill Tenesha’s insurance company.

After negotiating with the doctor’s attorney we were able to get the doctor to drop the attorney’s fees request and drop the bill by one-third, which was the original reduction we requested. We were happy to be able to help Tenesha get a fair price for her treatment.