I recieved a letter from the local hospital's atttorney, stating that if I did not pay my bill he would advise his client (the hospital) to pursue legal action. I sent in a letter of appeal and heard nothing back from the attorney or the hospital. Today I received a civil summons with a determination and an amount the I owe the hospital. In my letter I asked the attorney to advise me of the court date when one was set, because I intended to dispute the charges. Should I have recieved notice of when the hospital filed a suit with a court date?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Now that you've been served, you have 20 days in which to file an Answer. If you do not file an Answer, the hospital will file a Motion for Default Judgment, set to be heard at the Court's motion hour. You will receive this in the mail.
If you do file an Answer, the hospital will instead file a Motion for Summary Judgment, again, set to be heard at the Court's motion hour. You will also receive this in the mail. If you are disputing the charges, you will want to file an Answer.
If it's been more than 20 days since you were served, you can always go down to the clerk's office and check to see if anything has been filed in your case, if you are concerned you have not received notice of the court date.