< iframe class= "youtube-player" width ="640"height= "360"src= "https://www.youtube.com/embed/7FAr1EEeAec?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent"allowfullscreen="real"sandbox="allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-presentation" > Barbara Robinson was simply attempting to assist her mom’s buddy register for Medicaid and move into the Monroe County retirement home in Rochester, New York. However since Robinson signed the admissions form, the retirement home considered her economically accountable for the lady’s care, Anna Werner reported for CBS News. After the female passed away, the county took legal action against Robinson for $21,000 in overdue expenses.

This report was performed in collaboration with a KHN-NPR examination of America’s medical financial obligation crisis. Noam N. Levey, KHN senior reporter, blogged about Lucille Brooks, another female taken legal action against by Monroe County, this time over her bro’s retirement home expense.

Pursuing unsettled expenses, nursing houses throughout Rochester have actually been regularly taking legal action against not just homeowners however their households and pals, a KHN evaluation of court records exposes. In the majority of those cases, individuals took legal action against didn’t have a lawyer. In almost a 3rd, the assisted living home won default judgments since the offenders never ever reacted.

Customer lawyers in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio informed KHN they frequently see such claims versus friends and family.

Judge Debra Martin dismissed the case versus Robinson. She advised the county, stating its case, provided without paperwork, “does not satisfy the bare minimum requirements.”

Brooks is now in the clear, too, after the county dropped its case versus her.