The 1937 session of the Washington Legislature added the medical and allied services to the selective groups whose compensation is protected in part by statutory liens. Chapter 69 of the laws of that session awards a lien to operators of hospitals, licensed nurses, practitioners, physicians and surgeons rendering service "for any person who has received a traumatic injury." The lien is upon "any claim, right of action and/or money to which such person is entitled against any tort feasor and/or insurer of such tort feasor". The amount of the lien is the "value" of the services, plus costs and such reasonable attorney's fee as the court may allow, incurred in enforcing the lien. The lien does not attach to claims under the Workmen's Compensation Act. The total amount of the liens cannot exceed twenty-five per cent of the "award, verdict, report, decision, decree, judgment or settlement."
Physicians' and Hospitals' Liens on Tort Claims for Services Rendered Injurred Party,
12 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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