HOUSTON – A Harris County woman alleges a hospital's lien is fraudulent and the charges were excessive.
Angeline Norvil filed a complaint on Jan. 31 in the Harris County District Court against North Cypress Medical Center Operating Co. GP LLC and North Cypress Medical Center Operating Co. LTD seeking declaratory judgment.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 20, 2014, she sought treatment at defendants' hospital due to the injuries she sustained at Kroger's supermarket. She was in and out of North Cypress Medical Center in less than five hours and was billed for $5,028.50, the suit states.
The suit states North Cypress Medical Center filed a lien against her third-party claims on July 14, 2014, and the plaintiff alleges the lien is fraudulent because it does not comply with chapter 55 of the Texas Property Code. She alleges North Cypress Medical Center is attempting to collect charges "in excess of reasonable and necessary charges in violation of Texas law," the suit states.
The plaintiff seeks judgment that the charges are not reasonable and "asks that the court or finder of fact make a determination as to what reasonable charges should have been for such services at the time and place that they were rendered," the suit states.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks final judgment decreeing that defendants don't have a valid lien, the reasonable and regular charges for the provided services, that the hospital's lien is fraudulent and that she is entitled to statutory charges and to any other and further relief. She is represented by George K. Farah and Nathan E. Inurria of Guerra & Farah PLLC in Houston.
Harris County District Court case number 2018-06608