is it legal for them to leave my internal staples in intill all 2 grand is paid off

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is it legal for them to leave my internal staples in intill all 2 grand is paid off

yes i had surgery 9 months ago the Doctor said he would remove the staples after
6 months but now they are causing problems and he refuses to take them out till
all my bill is paid up even though i been paying with a payment plan

Asked on May 23, 2016 under Malpractice Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is. A doctor is not required to provide medical services, like staple removal, for free. If you already are in arrears (owe him money) for $2,000, even if you have payment plan, he does not need to "lend" you more money or risk nonpayment by doing an additional procedure for which he may not be paid in full, or may be paid only in the future. He is entitled to say that since you still owe him money, he will not do additional work for you.


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