Injuries suffered as a result of a dog bite, whether they are minor or major, will almost always require some form of professional medical treatment. For those enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare, treatment costs related to a dog bite injury will impact a dog bite settlement.
Victims of a dog attack seeking treatment at a hospital or Urgent Care for injuries may have all or part of those medical bills covered through Medicaid or Medicare. If the dog owner, or another person responsible for the dog, has homeowner’s insurance or other coverage, Medicare or Medicaid will expect to be reimbursed for those costs.
Medicaid and Medicare have “third-party subrogation rights“. This simply means that they have a right to be repaid out of the recovery you obtain from the dog owner’s insurance company out of your claim or lawsuit. This article looks at a specific example of coverage for the rabies vaccination resulting from a dog bite. This impacts enrollees of Medicaid and Medicare as they will have additional coordination of payments on a settlement amount.
In such cases, it is absolutely essential that you select a dog bite attorney that has decades of experience in dealing with Medicaid and Medicare liens. David J. Cowhey, the New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, will make sure to notify Medicaid or Medicare of your dog bite claim in a timely manner, and will work to “compromise” the lien. This means that he will negotiate with Medicaid or Medicare to pay a percentage of the lien as opposed to the full amount. He negotiates on your behalf so that you, the victim, can keep as much of your recovery as possible.
If you have been injured in a dog bite incident in New Jersey, and you are a Medicaid or Medicare recipient worried about your lien for medical treatment, call David J. Cowhey, the New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer, today. Our 24/7 Attorney Hotline at (609) 513-0627. Our office will do all the work for you and ensure that your lien is taken care of so that you can focus on your recovery.
Updated December 13, 2021