Yes. In nursing home negligence cases, if Medicare and/or Medicaid paid any medical expenses on your behalf, the agencies are entitled to be reimbursed. Federal laws impose a Medicare and/or Medicaid lien on all injury-related cases involving a recovery from a third-party.
Because many nursing home residents are recipients of Medicare and/or Medicaid, it is important to understand that these agencies have an automatic right to get reimbursed from a recovery from a third-party (any party that may have caused the injury). Lawyers who handle nursing home negligence cases should be able to help determine what benefits Medicare / Medicaid paid on your behalf. Moreover, lawyers handling nursing home negligence cases should give you an exact figure as to how much money Medicare and/or Medicaid is receiving from a recovery.