Emergency Contact Number

by Ray A
(Tn )

I was listed as a Emeregency contact number on my grandsons hospital chart, due to issues with their insurence my daughter has been sent to collections. I am now getting calls on my Cell phone from a agency trying to reach my daughter. I was told that even though I gave the number as a emergency contact they have every right to contact me. Can the hospital give my number out to a colection firm when it was given in good faith as a Emergency Contact Number.

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May 08, 2013
Emergency Contact Number
by: Debtcollectionanswers.com


I am not aware of any law prohibiting the hospital from sharing your phone number with the debt collection agency it has hired to collect the debt your daughter owes. Also, the agency is legally entitled to contact you to find out how to get in touch with your daughter if it has not been able to reach her. However, the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) says that the debt collector cannot:

• Tell you why he wants to reach your daughter and that he is working for a debt collection agency.

• Contact you more than once in an effort to obtain your daughter's contact information unless you ask the collector to call you again or unless he has reason to believe that you gave him incorrect information.

If you continue to get calls from the collection agency, write down the date and time of the call and what the collector said. Make this record keeping easy by using our Free Debt Collection Worksheet.

If the debt collector violates any of your FDCPA rights, it may be worth your while to contact a consumer law attorney about your options. Go here to Get free legal advice.

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