Aetna Sued for Allegedly Repaying Itself from Injury Settlements
Last Updated on May 1, 2020
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Anyone who won money through a personal injury settlement or verdict and had Aetna Health Insurance go after this award to recoup money from medical bills they paid.
- What’s Going On?
- Aetna and its collection agent The Rawlings Company have been sued in New Jersey for unlawfully seeking reimbursement from policyholders’ settlements and jury verdicts.
- What You Can Do
- If Aetna or Rawlings went after your personal injury settlement or judgment, fill out the form on this page to find out how you can join in on this litigation.
- What Does This Cost?
- It doesn’t cost anything to contact us or to speak with one of the attorneys we work with.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to speak to anyone who received requests from Aetna Health Insurance or The Rawlings Company attempting to collect a piece of their personal injury settlement or jury verdict.
Aetna has been hit with a lawsuit claiming the company is trying to repay itself from policyholders’ personal injury recoveries, breaking state law in the process, and should be required to give accident victims their money back. Read on for more.
What Is the Lawsuit Saying Exactly?
The allegations presented in the lawsuit can best be described with an example.
Both plaintiffs in the lawsuit suffered injuries in car accidents and received medical treatment covered by Aetna. The plaintiffs later filed lawsuits against the parties they believed were responsible for the accidents – most likely, the other driver – to recover money for the harm they suffered.
The suit claims that after the men were successful in bringing their cases, The Rawlings Company, acting as a collection agent for Aetna, tried to get money from these personal injury awards to cover the benefits the health insurer previously provided for treatment related to the accidents.
Essentially, Aetna is asserting that it’s entitled to part of policyholders’ personal injury settlements, which likely include money for medical expenses, because it covered the victims’ treatment in the first place.
The lawsuit claims, however, that Aetna’s attempts to get its money back violate state law.
The suit further alleges that Aetna and Rawlings’ actions “were part of a purposeful practice and plan to collect money from insureds when such lien, subrogation claim and/or repayment demand was known to be unlawful.”
How Can a Lawsuit Help?
If successful, a class action lawsuit could help Aetna customers get back any money the company collected from their personal injury settlements. It could also serve as a warning for other health insurance companies looking to recover money from their insured’s payouts.
To learn more about this case and how it affects you, fill out the form on this page.
You may be able to get back any money Aetna took from your personal injury settlement or judgment.
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