Attorney liens (also known as medical liens) and letters of protection are legal documents that ensure medical providers will be paid for treating patients who are being represented in a lawsuit, by allocating funds from any settlement that that person is given. In other words, think of them as IOUs to be paid out of any settlement that the patient is awarded.
Sometimes people will refer to letters or protection and attorney liens interchangeably. However, the main difference is that liens are required to be filed in the county in which the treatment is taking place, whereas letters of protection do not.
Westcare Clinics are some of the few clinics that accept attorney liens and letters of protection for payment. If you have any other questions about these documents, feel free to contact the office nearest you. We currently have 5 locations throughout Washington state, and the full directory for each can be found on the Contact Us page.