Are insurance companies that pay medical bills after a Washington bicycle accident owed reimbursement if I get money in a lawsuit?
It all depends. It depends on the specific facts and circumstances. It depends on the type of insurance that’s at stake, and how much there is and how much you’re injured. In Washington, if you use your own auto insurance, your PIP insurance to pay your medical bills, and you hire an attorney, that insurance company is not entitled to full reimbursement because they have to discount and pay part of your attorney’s fees. Sometimes health insurance has to be reimbursed, but they have to discount it as well. It’s really a complex situation that really requires an attorney who understands insurance law, who has dealt with insurance law to be able to navigate it and sort through it, but that’s what an attorney is there for. They’re supposed to do that. That’s part of the service they provide.