Q: If you sign a legal document , and get a copy of it but there is new stuff on it I didnt agree to? Is it null and void?
It was a settlement agreement, When I got hit by a car in the crosswalk. The lawyer changed how the money is being split up. I did not agree to pay any of my doctor visits.
Talk to your attorney. If a medical provider sends a lien to your attorney, the attorney CANNOT make any distribution until the attorney strikes some agreement with the lienholders or YOUR ATTORNEY would be personally liable for the amount of the lien.
When an attorney conveys a settlement offer, most clients ask a question like "so how much do I get to keep?" Before making that call, an experienced personal injury attorney would have a draft settlement statement before him so that he could answer the question and explain how he got there (e.g. 1/3 attorney fees, $1,500 medical records, $350 court costs, Hospital Lien $20,000, etc.) That is where the attorney has the opportunity to explain the process. If the lien represented a substantial sum and they refused to reduce it, voluntarily, your attorney could have requested that the Court reduce the Lien. If you are on Medicare or Medicaid, the Hospital CANNOT lien your file but you DO have to repay Medicare or Medicaid. Your attorney should have explained all of this BEFORE you authorized settlement.
YOU NEED TO SIT DOWN WITH YOUR ATTORNEY. THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET.
There are far too many variables to suggest that any agreement is void, just because you didn't understand the lien laws. If, for example, the attorney secured the policy limits, his failure to better explain the process is irrelevant because it would not change the outcome. Surely, you didn't think that medical bills magically disappeared. Still, that does not excuse the attorney's failure to better explain the process.
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