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Medicare and Medical Liens

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Medicare and Medical Liens

It’s common knowledge that if you are injured because of someone else’s actions, you can file a personal injury case to collect financial compensation for costs like medical bills. However, it’s less well-known that insurance companies, hospitals, and even the state or federal government can file a claim against your settlement.

This kind of claim is called a medical lien. A lien is a type of legal instrument commonly by construction companies. It allows them to claim equity in a project, like a building, if they weren’t paid for their materials. A medical lien is a similar legal tool – except instead of placing a claim on the building that materials went towards, the lien filers placing a claim on your personal injury settlement to recoup their losses. Companies can also file liens on workers’ compensation benefits if you received your injury at work.

Even if you don’t have health insurance, you aren’t safe. If the government paid for some part of your medical care through either Medicare, Medicaid, or another program, they can file a claim on your personal injury settlement. This process is called “subrogation.” Unfortunately, it’s difficult to fight these types of claims, even in a state that has strict laws to protect its citizens like Massachusetts.

If you have received notification that the government has placed a lien on your personal injury settlement, you still have some options. Often, lien claimants are willing to settle for a lower sum than their initial claim outside of court. In this case, it’s a good idea to retain a lawyer to represent you.

Attorney William Crowley has more than 30 years of experience as a personal injury lawyer fighting for his clients’ rightful settlements. If you have been contacted by a government agency placing a claim on part or all of your personal injury settlement, contact the Law Office of William Crowley today and schedule a free consultation.

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Excellent Civil Litigator; Compassionate and Dedicated Counselor at Law- Charles, Brookline, MA
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Attorney Crowley has helped my family and me in a couple of different matters. He came highly recommended from my family's experience with him in a previous civil case where he fought hard for my mom in her recovery for a personal injury matter.

When I had to address a difficult civil matter he was my first and only call for assistance. Attorney Crowley is truly dedicated and took the time to delve into my matter before we met, and came extremely well prepared to our first meeting, putting me at ease right away. Throughout our course of interaction he always went out of his way to keep me promptly informed, and advised me at every turn with thorough explanation of all available options.

Attorney Crowley's diligence proved exemplary; he argued and won a crucial motion for me that lead to a very favorable outcome. When I first read his motion brief I knew his eloquence with language and concise arguments would be decisive in protecting my interests against the opposition, and we recently concluded the matter with a very favorable result that could not have been better for me. I would highly recommend him for anyone involved in civil litigation. You will be in great hands, and he will represent you as if you are his only client. He is an excellent attorney.
Excellent Job- Amy, Billerica, MA
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I was the "victim" in a hit and run car accident where I sustained some injuries. My insurance company was not very helpful, even suggesting they were doing me a favor by not making me pay a deductible. My friend had told me about William Crowley and I was able to set up an appointment with him at my convenience. William made me aware of the process, gathered a few documents and handled my case. Not only did William get all my car and Dr. bills covered but I also walked away compensated for the pain and suffering, time out of work etc. I am thankful that my friend suggested William Crowley to be my attorney and I highly recommend him to others who are looking to be treated fairly and with respect!
Car-pedestrian Accident Litigation- Patrick, Wellesley, MA
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We are deeply grateful for the outstanding work of our attorney William Crowley that produced a favorable outcome in criminal and civil proceedings following a car-pedestrian accident that nearly cost my wife her life. Although there were numerous hurdles to overcome along the way, Attorney Crowley was resolute and dogged in his pursuit of a fair settlement in these cases. He went the extra mile in providing attention to detail and emotional support through the entire difficult process, keeping us grounded and confident that we would prevail in the end
Highly recommendable lawyer- Yongjun, Sharon, MA
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I had a car accident. Attorney Crowley took care of my case. I am absolutely satisfied with the settlement. He is very accessible. He has responded to my emails and class immediately. Also, he is such a nice person. I am very grateful for his service. Take him. You won't regret that!
Good Lawyer- Ceil, Brookline, MA
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Attorney Crowley was attentive and very knowledgeable. He worked very hard on my behalf and was available whenever I needed him to be.
Parties at fault.- Kristen, Ipswich, MA
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It was a wrongful death that I sought representation for. My husband had attended a company event. In a litigious world, the pain of grief, exacerbated by facts, was made plain by William J. Crowley. He was there to answer questions, check in with updates in the case, and I did not have to be involved on a daily basis. Just living was enough for me. Bill took care of the rest.
William J. Crowley- Terry, Wellesley, MA
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Bill was most attentive and supportive to our needs and was excellent in his research into the responsibility of the location where I fell. Bill was very good in follow up and communicating with me.
Excellent Experience- Heather, New York, NY
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We were dealing with a nuisance suit initiated in Massachusetts despite the fact that it involved a property in NY state, where we are residents. A dear friend recommended Mr. Crowley, who responded quickly and laid out a plan and schedule. He appeared for us in court after filing a motion to dismiss. After arguments were heard by the judge the motion was granted. We're VERY satisfied and extremely appreciative of Mr. Crowley's expertise, attention to detail, and warm manner. Highly recommend!
Great Mind and Good Heart- Casey, Medford, MA
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Attorney Crowley has helped with insurance company matters involving serious legal issues And Prevailed to help our family! I would offer his name to anyone needing a strong advocate. He knows very well how to navigate the complex nuances of insurance cases. We were well served by this gentleman counselor. You will be, too.
Excellent Lawyer<- Elena, Hyde Park, MA
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Very satisfied with William Crowley Lawyer services. He was always available when I need it. He come to my house to do all the paper work because I couldn't drive, and three month after came back with my check, I recommend to anybody who's looking for fast, and good service.
Job Well Done- Joan, Carlisle, MA
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Attorney Crowley represented me in a slip and fall case against a supermarket. He was diligent, attentive, committed. All one could want in representation. The company hoped we would go away but Attorney Crowley was determined, thorough and persistent. I was pleased with the outcome and grateful for his attention to the case.
Professional, knowledgeable and hard working- Duffy, Sudbury, MA
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Bill took on my personal injury case with an area restaurant in a hard working, timely fashion. He was passionate about insuring that I received a fair settlement and worked diligently on my behalf. His knowledge and experience helped result in a positive outcome.
Very timely and aggressive- Mark, Dedham, MA
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Bill did a fantastic job presenting my case and was able to get an above average settlement within 60 days! He couldn't have done a better job!
Worked Hard to Get a Settlement- Kevin, Amherst, MA
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Attorney Crowley was very tenacious in getting a settlement for me against a large corporation that was unwilling to acknowledge any responsibility. I was very satisfied with the way he kept me informed and persisted with the case
Fought for us- Abel, Leominster, MA
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During the time Bill work on my mother's case he was active in finding out answers to our questions, he was engaged in the process and provided both me and my mother with enough facts for us make informed choices about the issues that we were facing. Bill is an excellent attorney and a great person. We are going to miss talking to you Bill.
Lucky us!- Lin, Walpole, MA
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Despite the potential roadblocks we knew of going in, Bill took on our Mom's case with vim and vigor and never looked back. His positive outlook and willingness to find new ways to solve puzzles is unbelievable. Many legal advisers would have surely given up. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for a smart, honest, down-to-earth, hard working lawyer (you don't hear all those words in the same sentence often). We owe him a lot and though we've told him so, I hope this testimony reminds him.
Tremendous Attorney- Mike, Allston, MA
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I worked with Bill on a case a few months back and he was nothing short of exceptional. Very responsive, always willing to provide in depth explanations on the status of the case. He was able to resolve my case quickly and in a very successful manner with the settlement well exceeding my expectations. I have nothing but great things to say about his service. A great person and an A+ attorney. Highly Recommended.
Very Grateful- Matthew, Quincy, MA
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Very professional and easy to talk to. Went through an experience I never thought would happen, but William made it easy and guided me through everything. I highly encourage others to use Mr. Crowley and will be referring him to anyone I know in the near future. He went above and beyond my expectations for the things he did for me. Very grateful to have Mr. Crowley represent me.
Highly Professional- Keith, Dover, NH
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Bill Crowley was highly professional and pleasant to work with as he handled my slip and fall case. His knowledge and experience, attention to detail, and timely follow-up with all parties, resulted in a fair financial award in a reasonable amount of time.
Professional- Susan, North Andover, MA
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My 93 year old mother was in a car accident while she still lived in her own home. After the accident she lost her independence. I hired Attorney Crowley to help my mother. The circumstances were unique because there were family members on both sides of the case. Attorney Crowley was sensitive to the situation and navigated the relationships professionally. His legal and people skills resulted in a six figure settlement for my mother in a relatively short time. His personal commitment to every detail of the case was exemplary.
Attentive- Paula, Wilmington, MA
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I was rear ended in a car accident and Attorney Bill Crowley took on my case. I found him to be vert attentive, answering my emails, and phone calls. He did a great job negotiating a settlement for me. I would definitely use him again.
Dedicated- Thelma, St. Cloud, FL
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Attorney Crowley, has proven to be a dedicated human being. His work ethics and attentiveness to my case was impressive. Thank you for being you, and successfully reaching a positive result.
Results- Kristen, Holliston, MA
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Attorney William Crowley was a pleasure to work with. He helped me with a slip and fall case and his hard work, constant follow up, and determination with my case allowed a favorable outcome and I'm forever grateful. He helped me through the entire process with ease and encouragement and was always available to meet and talk through each step. I highly recommend him if you want results!
6 Figure Settlement- Ronnie, Pawtucket, RI
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The 6 figure settlement that attorney bill Crowley negotiated for me represented the successful outcome of a 3.5 year legal process. I've sustained a second traumatic brain injury and a motor vehicle accident during a time while I was still in therapy from previous head injury that was not healed. After discharging my 1st and 2nd lawyers, I retained attorney Bill Crowley. Bill was immediately devoted to my case, committing a great deal of effort and energy. My overlapping head injuries caused by 2 different, unrelated events complicated my case, but Bill handled that challenge expertly. After the motor vehicle accident was a difficult time for me, but Bill was reassuring and always explained the legal process every step of the way. Bill fought long and hard for my rights and I am very grateful I had him as my lawyer. Highly recommended.
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