Does filing bankruptcy cover medical debt?

Rising health care costs and the financial situations you may face leads many to medical expenses that can quickly escalate into piles of debt. With more employers cutting insurance contributions, the demand on medical consumers only increases.

Luckily for debtors burdened with medical bills, medical debt is considered an unsecured debt by the bankruptcy courts, and may possibly be discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Ohio University conducted a survey of personal bankruptcy filers for 2007 and found that nearly two-thirds of petitions filed personal bankruptcy because of medical-related debts. Of those, nearly 80 percent had health insurance.

Not only can unexpected illnesses bring on bills but the prolonged effects of illness or injury can be loss of work and less income to pay off those bills.

Medical bankruptcy is an especially complex issue, and should be sought for council before proceeding by a Tampa bankruptcy attorney that can help you during your financial hardship. To learn more about your options to discharge medical debt, contact attorney Michael Blickensderfer of Blick Law Firm and ask about our consultation services today! 813-931-0840.

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