Bill to a Minor

by Shay

If you were a minor at the time of a Medical Emergency and were adnmitted to a hospitol (nothing was over night just a couple of hours and nothing was discovered for cause of pain, can they bill you? I was 17 at the time and once was for a bad ear ache which they told me was only an ear infection, which i then went to my family doctor to find that my ear drum had ruptured... The other time was for difficulty breathing and severe pain in attempting to breath. I was given Tylenol3 for the pain but paid for it at the hospitol. They could not find a reason for my pain however. I now have debt collectors calling me to pay these bills which I had not known about and was a minor at the time. Are they allowed to do this?

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Feb 21, 2012
Bill to a Minor

Whether or not you can be held liable for the medical debts depends on the law of your state. Generally, state law says that minors cannot enter into legally-binding contracts, but there are exceptions. For example, in many states if a minor incurs a debt for a necessity then the minor can be held responsible for it. However, some states require that a creditor try to collect from the child's parents before asking the child to pay a debt. Given that the law related to your question varies from state to state and that I am not an attorney, I recommend that you contact a consumer law attorney in your area who helps resolve debt collection problems to get an answer to your question.

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