Is it legal to have wages garnished for hospital/medical bills?

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Is it legal to have wages garnished for hospital/medical bills?

In WA.

Asked on January 13, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Washington

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

What has happened here is that the hospital or medical provider has obtained a judgement against you for the medical services provided.  This is not uncommon.  Did you receive a summons and complaint for the money that was owed?  Once a judgement has been obtained then the creditor can use any method that the law provides to get their money.  This includes garnishing your salary.  If you feel that you were not given proper notice of the lawsuit that was started then you should go down to the court and look at the file and see if you can in any way "vacate" the judgement against you. This will allow you your day in court before a Judge.  Good luck.


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