SB 0409 Allows health practitioners to hold liens on a patient's negligence claims
LR Number:L1647.01I Fiscal Note:1647-01
Committee:Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action:02/24/99 - Voted Do Pass S Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Comm. Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 1999
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Current Bill Summary

SB 409 - This act deals with health practitioners' liens. It allows health practitioners, hospitals, clinics, or other institutions to hold liens on any claims a patient might have against another for negligently causing the patient's injuries. Patients are allowed to maintain negligence claims for the customary charges associated with treating such injuries. While these liens are not considered valid in workers' compensation cases, they may be applied against any medical benefits received by the patient. Anyone found to be liable has one year to pay the health practitioner, hospital, clinic, or other institution. If the lien exceeds fifty percent of the amount due the patient, then the lien will only apply to fifty percent of the amount and lienholders will receive their respective portions of that amount. These provisions are also contained in CCS/SCS/HCS/HB 343 (TAT).