Q I recently lost a close family member in a wrongful death situation, and now I keep getting medical bills from the hospital that I can’t pay. Am I really responsible for these expenses?
Not necessarily. When a person dies, the administration at the hospital will typically send the bill to their first point of contact. If you are the next of kin, you may very well be getting those final, very costly, bills.
The longer you let them sit, the more demanding the letters may become. In fact, you may start getting collection notices and warnings that the delinquencies will be reported on your credit.
Don’t panic though. Just because you’re receiving the initial bills for the final medical expenses related to your family member’s death does not necessarily mean that you will be ultimately responsible to pay them.
This is particularly true if your loved one died in what can be deemed a wrongful death in Missouri or Illinois. Examples of a wrongful death can include when a family member dies while on the job, in a St. Louis auto accident, or due to medical negligence.
If you plan to pursue a Missouri wrongful death claim in regards to your loved one’s death, it is quite likely that the person or company responsible for the death will also be responsible for these final bills.
To best understand how wrongful death laws will affect your case, you should consult with an experienced Missouri wrongful death lawyer who is familiar with cases like yours and who can advise you of your rights and options.
To see how we can help protect your family’s financial future, call The Law Office of Alvin Wolff, Jr., and Associates at 877-241-1020. When you call, don’t forget to request your free copy of our informational book: How to Pick a Lawyer.