Medical Liens

Many states allow certain types of medical providers to take a lien against money owed to their patients when the provider treats a patient whose care was necessary because of the actions of a third party. Medical liens are critical in third party liability situations because many insurance policies exclude coverage for injuries caused by an at-fault party with insurance. Failure to file and enforce a medical lien may prevent a provider from receiving payments from a patient’s health insurer in many situations.

TGF can assist providers at any stage of the process from timely and valid filing to confirming third party liability and payment. The process is complicated by crafty personal injury attorneys who seek to avoid hospital liens to maximize the settlement funds to a client by supporting the claim with the provider’s medical bill and then avoiding payment of that same bill after settlement. We effectively enforce liens by determining potential third party liability, ensuring proper notice, and carefully monitoring the progress of insurance payments, settlement, or judgments.


  • Many states allow certain types of providers to take a lien in their patients’ causes of action when they treat patients for injuries caused by a third person
  • In Georgia, the statute authorizes such liens for hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices, and traumatic burn centers
  • Hospital liens are critical in third party liability situations because many insurance policies exclude coverage when injuries were caused by another party
  • Managing the process from timely and validly filing the lien to confirming a third party payment is complicated by shifty personal injury lawyers who attempt to maximize money in the pocket of their clients
  • TGF effectively files hospital liens by determining who may be liable to the patient, providing all of the required notice, and then carefully monitoring the progress of insurance payments or other settlements and awards