Can a medical hospital garnish your wages for payment? 19 Answers as of June 26, 2013

Can a medical hospital garnish your wages for payment?

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Marc S. Stern
Marc S. Stern | Marc S. Stern
Assuming the hospital sues and gets a judgment, yes.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/27/2012
Law Office of Kristen Allard Shier
Law Office of Kristen Allard Shier | Kristen Allard Shier
Your wages can be garnished by any creditor that has been awarded a judgment against you after suing you in court.

If a judgment was entered against you, the hospital would have to get a "writ of garnishment" from the court, which is the Court's order telling your employer to garnish your wages.

Without the judgment and the subsequent writ of garnishment, a wage garnishment cannot occur.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/20/2012
Benjamin D Gordon, Attorney at Law
Benjamin D Gordon, Attorney at Law | Benjamin D Gordon
If they have obtained a judgment against you, yes, they can garnish wages. If not, then no.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 8/20/2012
CONSUMER PROTECTION ASSISTANCE COALITION, INC. (DE).
CONSUMER PROTECTION ASSISTANCE COALITION, INC. (DE). | Gary Lee Lane
Yes.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/28/2013
Law Office of John C. Farrell, Jr.
Law Office of John C. Farrell, Jr. | John C. Farrell, Jr.
If the hospital is a valid creditor then it can sue you for the money. In MA before wage garnishment can be requested after judgment is entered. Then the creditor must ask the court for wage garnishment.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 8/20/2012
    Meadow Walker, LLP
    Meadow Walker, LLP | Eric Meadow
    Yes, if they obtain a judgment and writ of garnishment.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Douglas M. Philpott, P.C. | Peter J. Philpott
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/28/2013
    Law Office of Bijal Jani | Bijal Jani
    Typically, the collections agency or division of a hospital does have the right to garnish your wages if they were successful in obtaining a judgment against you for unpaid bills.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Victor Varga | Victor Varga
    Sure...it's a debt that is owed to them. If they obtained a money judgment against you, they can use whatever collection tools which are available.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Dennis P. Mikko Attorney at Law | Dennis P. Mikko
    A garnishment is issued by a court after a judgment has been entered and not satisfied. The hospital, on its own cannot issue a garnishment for your wages.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
    Yes, they are a debt collector so they can get a judgment and garnish your salary as well. But if they have not obtained a judgment and their debt collection company is threatening you with garnishment, then you may have a FDCPA violation for which you can use for and get money damages.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A.
    Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A. | Diane L. Drain
    Yes. Any creditor has sue you, get a judgment and then garnish your wages and/or bank accounts. Perhaps you should seek advice about bankruptcy. Please understand that filing for bankruptcy is a very complicated process. It is wise to talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney before deciding to take this important step. Most Arizona bankruptcy attorneys offer a free consultation about the basics of bankruptcy.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 8/20/2012
    LAW OFFICE OF JEFFREY Z DWORIN
    LAW OFFICE OF JEFFREY Z DWORIN | JEFFREY Z DWORIN
    Yes, if they have a judgment. They cannot garnish wages without a judgment.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/20/2012
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