Medical Bill Lawsuits
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What Are Medical Bills?
A medical bill is any expense associated with medical treatment at a medical clinic or hospital. Typical costs found on medical bills include:
- Costs of a hospital stay (usually extended or overnight/in-patient)
- Costs of surgeries and other procedures
- Expenses associated with medication and pharmacy bills
- Costs of medical equipment
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Consultation fees
- Insurance-related costs
In a personal injury case, a damages award might cover some or all of the injured party’s medical expenses. In other instances, insurance might cover some of the costs, or the costs might be picked up through workers compensation and other similar costs.
What Are Medical Bill Lawsuits?
The term "medical bill lawsuit" can refer to one of two situations:
- Lawsuits that involve medical bills as part of the damages award, or
- Lawsuits over unpaid medical bills (usually the hospital or health care provider suing a patient who hasn’t paid their bills)
Regarding the first type, as mentioned medical bills can often be included in the plaintiff’s damages award. These may be subject to various limits and caps depending on the state, especially for cases involving medical malpractice.
Regarding the second type of lawsuit, it can sometimes happen that a person receives medical treatment but are not totally able to afford the medical bills. This can happen for instance in emergency situations or in cases where the person is not covered by insurance. In such cases, the hospital might send out a collection agency to help recover the fees, or they might sue the person for the bill amounts.
What If I Have a Dispute over a Medical Bill?
Disputes over medical bills can often involve some highly technical aspects. In a lawsuit, a dispute over a bill might even require the testimony of an expert witness, who can help explain the nature of the costs. For a person being sued over medical bills, it helps to document the expenses and to provide proof such as receipts, insurance statements, and other documents. Unpaid medical bills can affect other areas, such as one’s credit scores, so it’s important to resolve such disputes in a timely manner.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Medical Bill Lawsuit?
Medical bills are an important aspect of the health care system. Disputes over costs can often require the assistance of a lawyer. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need help with any medical bill disputes. Your attorney can help review your information and can explain how the laws in your area affect you. Also, if you need to attend a court hearing or file a lawsuit, your lawyer can represent you during the trial process.
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Last Modified: 12-19-2014 04:32 PM PST
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