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A: The hospital lien statute for Texas is listed in the Texas Property Code Section 55.002, and states:
(a) A hospital has a lien on a cause of action or claim of an individual who receives hospital services for injuries caused by an accident that is attributed to the negligence of another person. For the lien to attach, the individual must be admitted to a hospital not later than 72 hours after the accident.
(b) The lien extends to both the admitting hospital and a hospital to which the individual is transferred for treatment of the same injury.
It’s extremely common for hospitals to file liens against patients to recover their costs. Such liens will appear in credit checks and public records searches, and therefore can cause long lasting financial distress.
In many cases, injured patients settle their injury claims having no idea a lien has been filed against them. In others, the injured party chooses to ignore the hospital lien, hoping it will eventually just go away similar to other types of collections. Anyone with hospital bills in Texas should know that hospitals can and will sue you to collect on the outstanding bills. You could also end up being responsible for the hospital’s attorney’s fees.
Because these liens can cause you and your family financial upheaval, it’s important to understand how a lien is properly filed, and if the one you or your loved ones are facing is valid at all. If certain protocols aren’t followed, you may actually end up getting money back from the hospital that filed the lien.
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