I had a pile of small medical bills from several trips to the hospital in 06 and 07. The amounts were my co-pay after insurance paid its part totaled and my obligation was $2,700.00. I was sending the hospital $100.00 a month which is the best I can do since i'm out of work and disabled. That wasn't good enough and they turned it over to a collection agency and they were like wolves. They "demanded" more than $100 a month and simply, I didn't (and still dont) have it - I've just got too many other things to pay; i'm barely surviving at this point. Well, after 6 months of not getting any more from me, they turned it over to a law firm for collection in court. I offered the law firm the same amount - $100.00 a month and they said because they were retained to take it to suit, they could not take payments; I would have to settle it in court. I get served the writ (court notice) and of course there's the area where I give my answer and offer what I feel I can pay each month. So.... I put down $50.00 a month. Well, they accepted and ordered it, BUT, not until they added a $35.00 filing fee, a $50.00 sheriff's fee and a $1,500.00 attorneys fee on top of it. The bastards! They accepted an offer of half what I was paying on my own and it cost me an extra $1,585.00 to do it. Its a final court ruling - nothing I can do. Sharks like this shouldn't exist. It sickens me how they like to beat down those that are already in a bad place.
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