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36-596.01. Liens; perfection; recording; assignment; notice of lien; compromise
A. The department is entitled to a lien for the charges for hospital or medical care and treatment paid by the department on behalf of an injured person with a developmental disability on any and all claims of liability or indemnity for damages accruing to the person with a developmental disability on account of injuries giving rise to the claims and which necessitated the hospital or medical care and treatment.
B. The department shall perfect a lien by filing a verified written statement in the office of the county recorder in the county in which the injury occurred. This statement shall contain the following information:
1. The name and address of the injured person. The department shall not include this information if department records indicate that the injuries may be the result of a public offense as defined in section 13-105.
2. The name and address of the department.
3. The date of admission to the hospital and the date of discharge.
4. All dates on which medical or long-term care was provided.
5. The amount the department knows to be due for hospitalization, medical care and treatment including the amount for which the department is responsible.
6. The names and addresses of all persons, firms and corporations, including insurance carriers, alleged to be liable for the injuries.
C. The department shall record this information within thirty days after the injured person is discharged from a hospital or otherwise treated for injuries.
D. Within five days of its recording, the department shall mail a copy of the lien to each person, firm or corporation, including an insurance carrier listed in the lien and the person, or the parent or guardian of the person, receiving services pursuant to this article.
E. The recording of the lien is notice to all persons, firms and corporations, including insurance carriers, that are liable for damages whether or not specifically named in the lien.
F. The department may assign the lien in whole or in part to a provider that is responsible for hospital, medical or long-term care services.
G. The director shall establish by rule procedures for a provider to notify the department concerning the delivery of hospital, medical or long-term care services to a person who may have claims for damages.
H. The department may amend a lien to reflect current charges, except the department may not amend a lien after the time of final settlement of a claim pursuant to subsection A if the department is given notice of an impending settlement at least five days excluding Saturdays and holidays before the final settlement.
I. A public entity shall compromise a claim it has pursuant to section 11-291, 12-962, 36-596, 36-2903, 36-2935, 36-2956 or this section if, after considering the following factors the public entity determines that the compromise provides a settlement of the claim that is fair and equitable:
1. The nature and extent of the person's injury or illness.
2. The sufficiency of insurance or other sources of indemnity available to the person.
3. Any other factor relevant for a fair and equitable settlement under the circumstances of a particular case.