Q: Unpaid Medical Bills
I had a workers compensation settlement in April 2015. They agreed to pay medical until the date of settlement. Last year I found out there was unpaid bills. The rep stated my medical provided was coding them wrong. Both the billing dept and the comp carrier said it would be taken care of. This past week I found out the bills are not paid but the comp carrier uses a new third party administrator. I spoke with them and they gave me the "new" claim number to give the billing department. The rep stated they wont guarantee payment. Is there any statutes of limitation that would apply? I called the judge's office that did the settlement hearing and they could not give legal advice. He did state I could file a penalty petition. Should I file a penalty petition or will this my loss?
A: Assuming you had an attorney represent you in the settlement (and this is yet another reason everyone should seriously consider doing so), call your attorney. If you did not have an attorney, yes, you may need to litigate this issue. Either way, you may need to consult with an attorney, whether your previous one or another, to see what options you have.
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