What can I do if my doctor requires a “Letter of Protection” before they’ll see me?
Medical providers may require you to sign a contract called an "assignment" where you agree that the provider is to be paid from the settlement/verdict if your case goes to trial.
Please keep in mind, if the medical provider insists on immediate payment, there is not anything we can do to prevent them from trying to collect the bill. Technically, you are legally responsible for all medical bills you incur. If the medical provider refuses to wait until the case resolves for payment, you would benefit from making arrangements to pay them monthly, no matter how small the amount. In some cases we may be willing to send the provider a letter of protection, which would obligate us to pay the provider out of the settlement proceeds, if any. This is done at our discretion, and only upon terms we agree to. We do not do this in all cases.