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Fine Print on an ER form I'm being sued over the debt.


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I have a court date tomorrow and they CA attorney just sent me an email with a signiture sheet that states the responsible party is my father but I signed since he wasn't there. The part that really bothers me is their not suing me over that balance. They're suing me over physical therapy two months later.

The attorney emailed me a copy of this signiture sheet that says in the fine print

"In some cases the proper treatment of a medical condition required continuing treatment or diagnoses over a course of repeated outpatient visits. In such cases the request, consent and agreements contained herein shall apply to all repeat visits and all continuing treatment or diagnoses for the same condition."

I signed this form when I went to the ER or they wouldn't have treated me. I was eighteen and two months, still in highschool, still under fathers insurance. I went to my regular doc the next day(which at the time wasn't affiliated with the hospital) and he referred me to a spe******t. I required surgery and subsequently physical therapy. This was two months down the road and the doctor, from a speciality clinic from over an hour away had me do PT.

Does this still pertain to it?

In essence, I'm being sued for $1,500 for physical therapy that happened two months after this signature and from a doctor at a completely different hospital.

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"In some cases the proper treatment of a medical condition required continuing treatment or diagnoses over a course of repeated outpatient visits. In such cases the request, consent and agreements contained herein shall apply to all repeat visits and all continuing treatment or diagnoses for the same condition."

This paragraph is important. The only way you could be sued by the hospital (I assume that's who it is) is for the original ER bill or any other treatment THEY PAID FOR or were billed for on your behalf. Were you ever billed separately for the surgery or therapy? Was the cost of this treatment billed through the hospital? These are facts you need to find out. Hospitals are very easy to work with, they accept small payments. It will cost you a lot more to hire a lawyer, and you'll lose anyway if you signed this.

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