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Protection of Consumer Rights Against Creditor Abuse & Collection Letters
Are collection agencies, law firms and other third-party collectors contacting you seeking collection of an alleged debt? Are they harassing you, seeking a debt that is old or seeking to collect more than what is owed? Contact our law firm to explore your rights and options.
Contact our law firm immediately if you received a:
- Collection letter
- Phone call
- Text message
- Or any communication from a third-party collector, collection attorney, debt buyer or collection agency
Forward us the collection before you speak or pay. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS and we can protect you. Ask us about the possibility of filing an affirmative lawsuit on your behalf against the healthcare provider and the third-party collection agency at no cost to you.
About the Fair Debt Collection Protection Act
The Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (FDCPA) was enacted by Congress under 15 U.S. Code § 1692 to attempt to eliminate abusive debt collection practices by debt collectors, to ensure that those debt collectors who refrain from using abusive debt collection practices are not competitively disadvantaged, and to promote consistent State action to protect consumers against debt collection abuses.
There is extensive proof that third-party collectors, collection attorneys, debt buyers and collection agencies often use abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices to attempt to gain an unfair advantage and utilize unlawful tactics to collect money from debtors.
These collection practices contribute to:
- Marital instability
- Job loss
- And invasion of individual privacy
(15 U.S. Code § 1692 - Congressional findings and declaration of purpose). Under several New York State statutes and under the Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (FDCPA), you have rights. You do not have to be intimidated or harassed any longer.
Legal Protection Under the FDCPA
Our law firm has successfully represented and defended clients who have been contacted by collection agencies and attorneys.
Moreover, under both New York State statutes and under the Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (FDCPA), we can explore bringing an affirmative lawsuit in either State or Federal Courts on cases whereby your rights were violated.
Our Long Island FDCPA lawyer has successfully filed affirmative actions against third-party collectors for violating our client’s rights and the law. Click here to see success stories.
Examples of Collection Company Abuse & Violations of the FDCPA
The following acts are prohibited by the FDCPA:
- Attempting to collect a debt you do not owe
- Attempting to collect a medical debt for which you had viable health insurance coverage
- Attempting to collect a debt on a debt in which the statute of limitations has expired
- Accusing you of committing a crime
- Sending you a collection letter that has inaccurate or incomplete information
- Agents making false claims about their identity
- Making violent threats or using curse words to intimidate you
- Calling your employer and/or family members, disclosing your debt, and making false statements
- Calling repeatedly
- Claiming that you owe a different amount
- Seeking a debt that you do not owe or that is old
- Seeking to collect more than what is owed
- Claiming to work for a different company
- Threatening to arrest you or repossess your property
- Threatening you with legal action
- Collection harassment, i.e. harassing you and using coercive and unfair tactics
Take Action Against Abusive Creditors
Whenever you receive a collection letter, send them to our Long Island FDCPA law firm for a free consultation and explore your rights for free.
If you have been subjected to any of the above behavior from creditors or you believe you suffered unfair treatment in another way, the Law Office of Gregory A. Goodman, P.C. is here to help. We are committed to protecting consumers like yourself from wrongful behavior and may be able to help you pursue legal action against the party in question.
If you have just been involved in an automobile accident—no matter how severe you think it is—there are several important things you keep in mind to preserve and protect your rights under the law.
Here are a few important steps and actions you should follow immediately following your accident:
- Seek immediate medical attention if injured. Be sure to document everything.
- Inform any and all healthcare providers of your injuries, complaints, medical history, and pain. Tell your doctors each and every area of pain, no matter how slight the pain is. Properly and honestly documenting your complaints can be the difference between successfully recovering on your case.
- Take photos of any and all injuries.
- Take photos of any vehicles involved in an accident.
- Take photos of your car—documentation is vital.
- Report to the police if they did not arrive.
- Get a copy of the police report.
- Review police report and make corrections with a police officer.
- Keep a detailed accounting of any expenses you have accrued as a result of your accident, including gas and mileage costs incurred from traveling to and from your doctor’s office for treatment related to injuries sustained from your automobile accident, lost time from work, unpaid bills, co-pays if applicable, etc.
- Immediately contact and report a claim to your insurance carrier A.S.A.P. (There are strict time requirements and documents you need to send to your insurance carrier. We can fully assist you with this process and handle most of these actions for you when retained)
- Complete and submit an application for a no-fault insurance claim (NF-2), which will enable you to receive medical treatment for the injuries you sustained in your automobile accident.
- Get an insurance claim number from your insurance carrier and the defendant’s carrier.
- Contact us immediately to discuss and preserve your rights. We will offer you a free consultation.
Along with what you should do, here are some important things not to do:
- Do not discuss or share any of the details of your accident or injuries with anyone except your attorneys.
- Do not post any details or photos regarding the details of your accident and injuries to Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media account. This information can be used against you and is often discoverable, which means you may have to share this information with the defendant should you pursue a lawsuit.
- Do not spare any details to your healthcare provider about the full extent of your injuries. Documenting the full details of your injuries and complaints can increase the chances of your success. Failure to document and failure to disclose honestly the details can result in decreasing your chances of recovery on your claim.
- Do not enter into an agreement with an insurance carrier without first consulting and retaining an experienced personal injury trial lawyer. Sometimes, when an insurance carrier knows they are liable, they may try to offer the victim money in an effort to save money. Their strategy is to get to you before you seek legal representation and before you know your legal rights.
Property owners are expected to keep their premises safe. If you injured yourself in a slip and fall accident, you need to prove that the owner likely knew about the dangerous area, failed to repair it, and failed to warn people about the dangerous condition. Photo evidence is crucial, as well as proof of the owner’s awareness of the defect and their failure to repair it. It also helps to have a Long Island personal injury lawyer on your side who can help you establish a strong case for compensation for your injuries.
The goal of no-fault insurance is to make sure all victims of an accident are cared for, regardless of who caused the accident. This means the insurance policy should cover medical costs and hospitalization fees, lost wages, and any funeral expenses incurred.
As a physician, can an insurance carrier withhold payment of my fee if I split fees with a billing agency?No. Splitting fees with a management company is not a crime. In 2015, an insurance carrier tried to withhold payment of a provider’s medical fees by claiming that their management agency—which collected 6% of their total costs—was not medical staff. This was an attempt to argue that the healthcare provider was committing fraud, but the court ruled against the insurance carrier.
Yes. If you want to be reimbursed for medical costs, you are required by law to appear. However, you do not have to appear alone. The Law Office of Gregory A. Goodman, P.C. can represent you during your EUO to help you avoid making any statements that would injure your ability to obtain full and fair compensation.