If you were injured in a car accident and have Medicaid, it is likely that Medicaid will cover the costs of your medical treatment. However, Medicaid will not pay for pain and suffering resulting from the accident. Pain and suffering is a type of non-economic damage that is often sought in a personal injury lawsuit. In order to recover damages for pain and suffering, you would need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for the accident.
It is important to note that Medicaid may have a lien on any settlement or judgment you receive in a personal injury lawsuit, which means that Medicaid may be entitled to be repaid for the medical expenses it covered related to the accident. However, a lawyer can negotiate with Medicaid on your behalf and potentially get them to accept less than they are owed to leave more money in your pocket. It is always best to speak with an attorney if you have any questions about your rights and options following a car accident.