Vet allowed someone else to charge something to my bill?

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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1018 posts
Bumble bee

@ForeverBirds:  I’d be outraged and I find it absolutely wrong, BUT as far as legally maybe they have some sort of policy for immediate family? Maybe a lot of husbands, parents, sibling, or whatever will bring in a pet for the account holder and that’s ok?

 

I’m not sure though, I would definitely have a talk with the vet’s office especially since they didn’t notify you that your account was even being charged.

Post # 5
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573 posts
Busy bee

Yes they should have chased you for the bills directly to the account holder’s address before sending the collectors!  If this is the first you’ve heard of it that’s not fair.

 

 

 

Post # 6
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920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I would be mad.  I would probably talk to the vet so it can get fixed and than never go there again.  I would be extremely mad at the parents to for doing that without my permission and not paying.

Post # 7
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9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@ForeverBirds:  You would have needed to sign the estimate or consent form. Whoever signed is liable. Obviously that isn’t you. I had a similar situation happen to me and I would be happy to explain what I did to manage it over PM if you like. I don’t want to post all those details here.

Post # 9
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9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@ForeverBirds:  That is not the only option. Unless they have your signature agreeing to pay, then you are not liable. Collections is not the be all end all. Like I said, I got through it and didn’t pay a cent (or have it impact my credit). Trust me – they just want you to feel like you have to pay.

Also, I would get a new vet. That relationship is not worth having anymore.

Post # 10
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42453 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The pp is correct. Unless the vet or the collection agency has a document where you agreed to be responsible for the bill, you have no legal  obligation to pay.  The collection company can take it to court, but they will not win the case against you unless they have that documentation.

The vet is also not being honest with you. It was their decision to send the debt to a collection agency. They can call the collection agency, reverse that decision and then go after your parents for the money. I would phone the vet’s office back, ask to speak with the vet directly. Tell them that you are not satisfied with their answer, and that if they do not call off the collection agency, that you will be filing  suit against the vet. (You don’t actually have to do that, it just helps to appear a little more assertive).

 

Post # 11
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920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

@ForeverBirds:

I would pm MrsPanda99.  She’s offered to tell you how she got out of this situation.  If you didn’t sign anything than they have nothing over you.  It doesn’t matter if they went to the collectors or not. 

I do suggest that you have a very firm conversation with your parents about this issue.

btw sorry you’re having to deal with this.

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