In a recent New York Times article, the Times reported what we have known at Navigate Law Group for quite some time - debt collection agencies make critical mistakes very often. According to a report by the United States Public Interest Research Group, medical debt is the second largest cause of complaints about debt collectors to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 63% of complaints allege that the collection efforts are for a deb that was never owed in the first place, has already been paid, or the collector cannot verify it is owed. This is nearly two-thirds of collection efforts for medical debt in the country! The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Washington Consumer Protection Act provide people with some protection against these types of collection practices. Washington also has strong laws that protect consumers with medical debt. Even if you owe the medical debt in Washington a Navigate Law Group attorney may be able to help you drastically reduce the amount of that debt depending on your income at the time of your hospital stay and the hospital you went to. If you have Washington medical bills contact attorney Eli Marchbanks at (360) 205-2256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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