Portland, OR asked in Small Claims and Health Care Law for Oregon

Q: My wife is on my insurance through work, and we are both being sued for her medical bills. It's that legal?

They have only ever contacted me, even when I told them that those were her bills and not mine. I'm obviously going to pay them, but can they really call me every day while I'm at work and sue me for my wife's bills?

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Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Spouses are generally legally liable for necessary medical bills even if they did not sign the agreement at the doctor's office. So yes, it is likely that they can come after you for payment. Calling you at work everyday is a different matter. Depending upon the exact details, that may or may not violate Oregon debt collection laws and, depending who is doing the calling, possibly federal collection laws as well. If so, there are statutory damages and you can potentially recover your attorneys fees and court costs as well. So consider reviewing it all with a local collections attorney. Good luck.

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