I decided too late that I didn't want to have my tooth pulled and get an implant. Now the collection agent that my periodontist sold my bill to has filed in small claims court for $1848.05. I had signed document that stated I would pay up to half the $3000 procedure cost if I cancelled an appointment withing 24 hours of the appointment time. I decided late that I didn't want them to pull my tooth out of my head. I had called the Dr. with questions 3 days ahead, but they were out of the office. I also called the endodontist who had consulted about the case to ask about options to implant such as root canal. That was a couple of days before the implant was scheduled. The appointment was on a Monday morning. I thought about it over the weekend, and Monday morning canceled by email. They called me about the cancelation and got rather mean. I was really too upset and panicky at that point to go to the appointment, and I no longer trusted them. Several calls back and forth followed. The last call they told me they were going to charge me $1500 for not showing. Do they really have the right to force me to go ahead with a treatment plan when I don't trust them anymore?
If you signed a contract for services, I don't think you have much of a defense. As for a jury trial, there are no right or wrong answers. You might have members of the jury that take sympathy on you; others might just decide they don't like you because you didn't pay your bills. Have you tried talking about payment arrangements with the collection agent?
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