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When Lawyers Refuse to Pay a Client's Doctor Bill

Today's story will be of special interest to two groups of readers who are linked together by what is known as a lien, which I'll explain in a moment. They are:

(1) People who were injured in an auto accident who lack good health insurance or adequate amounts of auto medical payments coverage but need treatment from a chiropractor, doctor or physical therapist. They hire an attorney to file an insurance claim against the responsible party.

(2) Chiropractors, doctors or physical therapists who provide treatment, and, as Los Angeles based attorney Shawn Steel adds, "contractually -- on a lien basis -- agreeing to wait for payment of their services when the case is settled."

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