Sent to Collections

Saturday we received two collections notices for DH’s medical bills from his accident.  This really ticked me off!  First of all, we’ve been in contact with the hospital since day one.  So has our lawyer.  The lawyer has the trust with the money for the bills.  We cannot access it until all the liens are settled.

Well this hospital is run by idiots.  The lawyer and parapro have repeatedly requested the bills and lien paperwork to be sent, emailed, or faxed to them to settle the account.  It’s been eight months of chasing this paperwork.  Even we haven’t even been able to get an itemized bill!

Now all of a sudden we’re sent to collections for “unpaid and ignored” invoices.  FALSE!!! We’ve been trying to get the damn invoices.  This hospital system, who bought out nearly all the local hospitals and doctors offices, is the worst I have ever dealt with.   When DH received his settlement, the hospital placed a lien on it for the bills.  As expected, this is normal, but now they won’t submit the paperwork, so they can get paid, and release the lien.

This is leaving ten grand in an account just sitting there, for less than $5,000 in medical bills.  The lawyer withholds double just in case any surprises pop up.  We are due a refund from this trust, but can’t get that until the liens are settled.  I don’t understand what is so difficult about providing proof of services so you can get paid?!  Why did they already send us to collections?  One of the notices is only $202 too.  We’ve never any bills for $202.  I have an entire stack and not one is for either of these notices.  We also haven’t received any phone calls, although we sure have made plenty of calls trying to get this handled.

Stupidity frustrates me.  We called the hospital to try to make a payment before and they told us we can’t, it has to be done through the lawyer, since the lien has been placed.  WTF.  So now DH’s credit will take a hit because these dumb ass’s can’t get their act together and do their jobs.  Sigh.

3 thoughts on “Sent to Collections

  1. Anonymess

    That is so *frustating*. I’m sorry you have to deal with this.

    I know it’s a hassle, but I think you should file a dispute with the credit bureaus — see https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0151-disputing-errors-credit-reports. The bureaus are supposed to *verify* the info before posting, so there’s a window before delinquencies land on your report. Include all the conversations/correspondence you and your lawyer have had with the hospital over this. I’d also cc the hospital.

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