If you're a doctor or medical provider you might have heard the term 'medical lien' before but what does it really mean? A medical lien is a demand for repayment that can be placed against a patient's personal injury case. When personal injury lawsuits are filed, the amount of money you have spent and could spend on your treatment is always taken into account.
A lien is a legal right to a portion of an asset. When physicians provide services to treat patients on a lien, it means the patient immediately receives treatment, and payment of the bill is deferred.
The treating physician then waits to be paid until the personal injury claim is settled or resolved.