Legal Question in Credit and Debt Law in Illinois

Can a medical bill be collected for after 11 years?

I wasn't charged for a medical bill 11 years ago, and now they are trying to get me to pay it even though I was never billed. After that long of a time frame are they still able to bill me when they made a mistake and never billed me for it in the first place?

Asked on 7/08/03, 11:46 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Peter Ordower Law Office of Peter Ordower

Re: Can a medical bill be collected for after 11 years?

There's a 10 year statute of limitations in IL for written agreements and a 5 year limitations period for oral agreements, so the claim should be dead.

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Answered on 7/09/03, 1:56 pm
Mary McDonagh McDonagh-Faherty Law Offices

Re: Can a medical bill be collected for after 11 years?

A medical bill is a contract - so, it sounds like they're out of luck - from the date it became due, they had ten years to enforce the contract.

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Answered on 7/09/03, 4:38 pm


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