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  1. #1
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    Default Deferment of Medical Bills

    From what little I know, I understand that during the litigation process our AT's would typically send notice to medical providers in regards to bills/payments etc...
    Exactly how does this work, why have I continued to get collections notices from providers even during the lititgation process. Did my AT fail to follow up on the paperwork? And now just 1.5 months after the full commision's decision I have charge off's and judgments against me on these bills!!!

    Someone please detail to me the basic process, timelines, etc...

    Can someone make a little sense of this?!

    ---------- Post added at 04:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:48 PM ----------

    BTW....the retainer agreement wasn't noterized, and the paralegal spelled my last name incorrectly

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    Default Re: Deferment of Medical Bills

    There is a statute (GS 97-90) that says they cannot try to collect that money from you while the case is pending. Maybe you should call the business offices of the providers and remind them it is a disputed comp case. Most lawyers have a form letter that we can send, so maybe you need to ask the paralegal to send the letter out. I do not routinely send them but only send them if a problem has arisen or seems like it is about to come up.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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    Default Re: Deferment of Medical Bills

    Thanx Bob...

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    Default Re: Deferment of Medical Bills

    Unfortunately you have your own work cut out for you.
    If any of the bills, and charge off's have been reported to the three major credit reporting agencies, YOU have to do the dispute filings with them. Not likely a provider will take the time.
    Any deterimental reporting to those agencies will be suspended pending investigation and will be flagged "refer to maker" and not be reflected in your FICO score.

    It's important to contact the credit reporting agencies, in writing and identify any negative reporting. Can't be general in nature, but must be specific to those providers/collection agencies making the reports.
    Get a current copy of your credit report. You should be entitled to on on each notice you receive.

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