16. Whether or not she tried to stiff the hospital is immaterial to the fact.
Even if she had gotten ten times that amount it still doesn't give the hospital the right to quadruple their bill.
It took my wife ayear and a half to finally settle with Geico after someone rear ended her on the interstate. The person that hit her made a run for it but left a valuable piece of evidence behind. The front bumper including license plate was jammed into the rear bumper on my truck. First Geico tried to say that the driver of vehicle wasn't insured by them.
My wife went through 6 months of physical therapy for her back and neck. what complicated it was that she was on the clock so it became a workmen's comp matter.
Geico paid me off as the owner of the truck right away-$2000. Then their first offer to her was $50 over the medical expenses. She said "Unacceptable"
She had to use all her sick and vacation time between being unable to work for a month and the many doctor and therapy sessions afterwards. Workmen's Comp didn't pay for her time lost.
Finally Geico agreed to pay her for the total of all the medical expenses and all her time lost and about $1000 over.
That was when Workmen's Comp tried to get in on the act and demanded ALL the settlement money. They felt that since they had covered the medical expenses they were entitled to all the money, even the part that didn't cover their expenses. It was finally straight about 2 weeks before she died in 2009. I'm pretty sure the stress involved didn't help her heart any.