if my son age 18, were stabed and aquired a 10,000.00 hospital bill, and as his mother never signed any forms at hospital,. how can they 6 years later garnish my pay check? how is that my responsibility? scott city mo. scott county, 2003
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: victims compensation
It would depend on whether you actually defended the lawsuit that was originally brought. A creditor can't get a garnishment without filing a lawsuit first. If you took no action to bring out the facts at the trial court, the judge likely gave the hospital a judgment by default. If it has been less than a year, you can still potentially get that judgment opened back up and have a chance to defend it, but you need to act with speed to get that done. Contact a local attorney. If you can reopen the judgment and get it set aside, that will stop the garnishment as well.