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Health insurance subrogation in DePuy lawsuits

Posted on January 10th, 2012 No Comments

While health insurance is designed to help patients pay their medical bills, when a patient is injured and files suit, their insurance provider may be entitled to some amount of payment from any settlement or award resulting from the lawsuit.

For example, if a DePuy ASR hip replacement patient experiences hip implant failure and decides to take legal action against the implant’s manufacturers, DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson, they are likely to receive reimbursement for their medical expenses in a case settlement or award.  Because the insurance company helped pay for these medical expenses, they assume the role of the patient, and can request repayment for their own payment of a patient’s medical bills in a process called subrogation.

The subrogation process helps insurance companies avoid filing a separate lawsuit against the hip implant’s manufacturers.  When a health insurance provider seeks reimbursement in a patient’s lawsuit, they usually have their lawyers contact the patient’s lawyers, who can handle matters of subrogation.

If you or someone you know is considering filing suit against DePuy over a defective ASR hip implant, an experienced lawyer can help you better understand the details of the product liability litigation process.  Contact the DePuy lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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