If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim. But, it’s important to understand that health insurance liens and subrogation claims, rights of repayment, and healthcare provider liens can all take a bite out of your case. Then there’s another matter to consider: child support liens.
If you owe child support and are behind on your payments, a personal injury claim can be a good chance to catch up those payments. All states have the ability to assert a lien against your personal injury claim if you also owe back payments for child support. While your medical provider and health insurance liens are paid back first, child support liens come out of your own share of the settlement or jury verdict. Some states are willing to negotiate their liens, and others are not.
It’s critical to have a lawyer advise you on this issue. Many states will hold you in contempt if you settle a personal injury claim and don’t pay back what you owe for child support from your settlement. Most liability insurance carriers will run a background check to determine whether you have a child support obligation, and may not agree to release any funds directly to you until the child support lien is resolved. There are a lot of pitfalls when it comes to liens in general, and child support liens are no exception. Combining over 50 years of experience and over 100 jury trials, the lawyers at the Miller Law Group know how to help you navigate liens and help you get the best outcome you can from your personal injury claims. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re the Miller Law Group, and we’ve got your back.