A local woman brought a lawsuit against a Harris County medical billing group and its associates for alleged violation of Texas debt-collection law.

Maria Fullen sued CHCA Clear Lake LP individually, doing business as Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, of Webster; along with NPAS Solutions LLC, National Patient Account Services Inc. and Parallon Business Solutions LLC, all of Nashville, in Galveston County District Court on Feb. 23.

The complaint states that CLRMC billed the plaintiff for services received on or about April 22, 2013. According to the suit, a total of $823 was charged for her medical care. When CLRMC submitted a claim for the total to a third-party administrator of Fullen’s health plan only $96.60 was covered, and the defendant proceeded to bill the plaintiff for the remaining balance.

The plaintiff contends that CLRMC, with the enlisted aid of NPAS and Parallon, has engaged in a systematic attempt to collect the purported balance from her since May 2013. Fullen alleges negative credit impairment and willful misrepresentation by the defendants regarding her financial responsibility to them. She seeks to have the court declare her obligations complete or to declare the amount unconscionable.

Claiming that the defendants collaborated in efforts to engage in unlawful debt collection practices, the plaintiff seeks: injunctive relief; damages; attorney’s fees; expenses; and costs.

She is represented by Bryan Pollard and Jessica Brown Wilson of FisherBroyles in Dallas.

Galveston County District Court case no. 14-CV-0176

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