Do we have to pay the collection agency, or can we continue to make our monthly payments? 1 Answers as of December 10, 2012

My wife was taken to the emergency room having severe breathing difficulties. They treated her only for a bladder infection which she was not showing symptoms for (found through a blood test). We finally got the dr. to listen to her chest and he ordered an x-ray, but we couldn't afford to have it done. Do we have a medical malpractice case, considering he sent her home having severe breathing problems and treated her only for the bladder infection? Also the total hospital bill was too high for us to pay. The hospital reduced the bill a bit, and agreed to a payment plan, which we still couldn't afford. We were sending in monthly payments in whatever amount we could to cover the costs ($5/month consistently), but the hospital submitted our information to a collection agency.

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Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
The first thing you should do is concentrate on your wife's health. Has her breathing improved? Does she require additional medical intervention? Based on your writing, is it safe to assume your wife does not have medical insurance? If not, is she eligible for medical? You should contact a county social worker to discuss your health care options. Now that the hospital sent the bill to collections, you will need to work out a payment plan with the collectors. Since they will be difficult to work with, you should speak to a local consumer law attorney to discuss your options, including bankruptcy.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 12/10/2012
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