can a hopsital really sue me over an unpaid federal workman's compensation claim bill?

  • rnch

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    Jun 25, 2011 3:33 PM GMT
    i keep receiving invoices from a doctor's LLC for pathology work done for a federal workman's comp claim from the end of may of this year..

    i have sent a copy of the invoice to my workman's comp claim specialist at work, enclosed notes of explanation mailed back to the LLC with their invoice, and spoken on the telephone with what appeared to be a rather snotty and unintelligent claims clerk.

    their last phone call threatened "legal action" if i did not pay the entire bill immediately.

    are they bluffing?

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    Jun 25, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    Probably not bluffing depending on the amount in dispute, though they would likely turn the matter over to a collection agency. Your credit report may already have adverse info in it, and if it goes to collection, it definitely will.

    ADDED: I initially misread it is as May of last year. Given it was so recent, I agree with the post below that legal action is premature. But did you mean last year because you also wrote that you keep receiving invoices, which would suggest a longer time had elapsed.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 25, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    30 days later and they're threatening legal action? I think it's a bluff at the moment. Don't let this issue linger. Be proactive and have whoever get it done with.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 25, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    Write a letter to your Congressman or to one of your Senators (or to one of your state representatives). Their office will contact the parties to get this straightened out. Send them your Workers' Comp claim number, a copy of proof that your injury is covered by Workers' Comp, as well as a copy of the medical bill(s).

    Of course, they can sue.
    But, right now, it's just their routine threat to try to scare you into paying up.
    They can't win a lawsuit if you have a legitimate Workers' Comp. claim.