Couple claims emergency transportation overcharged for services

Kelly Holleran Jun. 10, 2013, 6:32pm

A Tyler County couple claims an ambulance service overcharged them when it transported their son to the hospital following a collision.

John M. Lane and Charlee Lane filed a lawsuit May 30 in Jefferson County District Court against Med-Trans Corp. and Memorial Hermann Life Flight. 

In their complaint, the Lanes allege Med Trans and Memorial Hermann Life Flight transported their son by an air ambulance to the hospital on Aug. 18, 2011. Since then, the Lanes have reimbursed Med Trans and Memorial Hermann for the flight, but the companies continue to try to collect money from them, according to the complaint.

“Defendants have over-billed and over-charged your plaintiffs for the services provided in an attempt to gouge your plaintiffs,” the suit states. “Defendants acted unfairly and in bad faith by over-billing and over-charging your plaintiffs in a scheme for the purposes of enriching defendant at the detriment of your plaintiffs.”

Again, on Sept. 3, 2011, Memorial Hermann Life Flight transported the Lanes’ son to the hospital. The couple claims they again paid for the services rendered, but continue to be asked for more money.

Because of their demand of “unreasonable” amounts of money, the defendants violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, according to the complaint.

In their complaint, the Lanes seek economic damages, plus an amount equal to three times the amount of economic damages to which they are entitled. They also seek interest at the legal rate, costs, exemplary and punitive damages and other relief the court deems just.

Darren L. Brown of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing them.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A194-397

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