Re: Does an Attorney Have a Legal Duty to Settle Medical Lien
make this simple
presume there is a lien in place. It most likely is.
the lawyer CANNOT disburse the money to you without first paying the lien unless the lien holder agrees to it.
I cannot find support for adamg's statement of the 50% limitation so it the lien is for more than 50%, say so and I will look further to verify which is correct.
They do not care that you would rather pay them later. The fact is, they have already delayed being paid while your case progressed to this point. They are very unlikely to be willing to wait any longer.
btw: if there is a lien in place and the lawyer does not pay the lien before distributing the money to you ,HE can get sued along with you. He isn't going to give it to you unless he is legally allowed to.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.