Legal Question in Personal Injury in Missouri

victims compensation

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

Asked on 2/17/09, 8:12 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Anthony DeWitt Bartimus, Frickleton Robertson & Gorny, PC

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.

Good luck,

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Answered on 2/18/09, 8:58 am

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