JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dale Hancock has not been on a motorcycle since November 2012.
"Makes you nervous," he said," hope I can get back on them again."
Hancock considers himself an avid motorcycle rider, until now.
"I rode everyday," said Hancock,"as long as it wasn't raining I rode."
On November 21, 2012, he was riding his motorcycle and stopped at a gas station on Beaver Street for fuel. It would change his life forever.
"I'm getting better," he said, "I've got multiple injuries, I'll leave it at that."
Hancock was in an accident. Police charged Darrel Carver with leaving the scene of that accident resulting in injury. Police say Carver hit Hancock and several others.
Hancock was taken to Shands hospital; the bill for his treatment was more than $21,000. Even though it has been months Hancock said he's waiting to see what insurance pays.
"I did have insurance on my bike and my health care takes over when my insurance on the bike runs out," said Hancock," plus the other guy had insurance."
Even with all of his insurance coverage, November 30, 2012, Shands hospital filed a claim of hospital lien against him.
"I couldn't believe it, my wife was livid about it," he said,"I built my home, never owed nothing on it, now I've got a lien on it."
Hancock said there was no notice of an intent to lien, he was notified after the filing.
"I didn't get a bill I didn't know anything about the amount owed until I got the paper about the lien," he said.
Hancock has hired an attorney to handle his injury claim, but not for the lien.
He's still employed and plans to be back to work soon, but now he's concerned about what he calls a surprise lien.
"It does need to be out there that you could me minding your own business and wind up with something like this on your head," said Hancock.
Hancock sees the lien as being against his home, the hospital contends it is not.
Shands spokesperson Daniel Leveton said Florida Hospital Lien Act guides their decision.
He said most hospitals do it, Shands perhaps more than others locally because of its trauma center and it sometimes involves traffic accidents.
He said if insurance doesn't pay (auto or health) to protect itself, the hospital files a lien in case there are payments or settlements outside of health insurance.
Leveton said the liens are never attached to real or personal property. The only way that would appear to happen is if there is some sort of foreclosure action and a third-party attorney brings in Shands. The liens only go after insurance/settlement payments.
Most importantly the liens are not against patients, but rather against all third-party payers such as insurance companies that may make payments as a result of the injury or illness.
Once the insurance issues are resolved in Hancock case, Leveton said the hospital lien will be released.
First Coast News