Will I have to pay back my health insurance provider if I recover damages in a Florida slip and fall case?
This is an issue that frustrates so many of our clients. Will I have to pay back my health insurance provider, Medicare, Medicaid or possible even the VA if they front and pay for my bills, pay for my medical treatment and then I recover in a slip and fall case? The answer is yes. In almost all cases you will be required to pay them back. What happens is whether it's health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, VA, Workers Comp or even MedPay Insurance, they have what's called a right of reimbursement, also sometimes referred to as a right of subrogation. They actually have a lien on the case that occurs once there is a recovery in your case. If you don't recover any money on your case, then technically you don't own anyone anything. You don't owe them any money back, but once you recover something that lien then occurs. Now you owe them the money back that they've paid as a result of your case's injuries. They do have a right to get that money reimbursed.