Loudoun, Fairfax & Leesburg injury lawyer Doug Landau was shocked to hear this month how hospitals are suing patients for not paying bills. The shocking part is that these patients had valid insurance coverage. These patients wanted the bills paid and had given their health coverage information to the hospital staff. However, the hospital did not bill the patient’s health insurance and accept the negotiated rates. Instead, the hospital waited, and then sued the patients in the local court, where they send a lawyer with stacks of files to collect on these outrageous lawsuits.
A fellow Virginia Trial Lawyer reports sitting in the Stafford court saw a local hospital taking patients to court and suing them for the medical bills ! Numerous patients, now defendants being sued by their hospital, said that they had presented their insurance cards to the hospital. They told the judge that they did not know that their insurance company had not been billed. Furthermore, these patients were not told until it was too late to have their valid health insurance policies pay because of the deadline in the insurance policy to report claims had passed. These people got judgments against them for !00% of the bills plus interest and attorney’s fees ! If you are injured in an accident, make sure that the hospital, doctor and other health care providers have your current health insurance information and that this insurance THAT YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES HAVE PAID FOR is actually billed and pays for your care. You do not want to end up in court being sued by the doctors or hospital that treated you for your injuries.