Patient blames hospital for financial problems

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 20, 2017

GRETNA – A patient is suing a hospital, alleging she was not given health care options or enough information to make a financially sound decision.

Louise Ingram filed a suit Jan. 18 against Omega Hospital LLC, in the 24th Judicial District Court alleging negligence.

According to the claim, Ingram fell and broke her wrist Jan. 16, 2016. The suit states on Jan. 18, 2016, Ingram met with a hand and wrist specialist who referred her to Omega Hospital. The lawsuit says when the plaintiff spoke with the hospital about the billing of her surgery, she was not advised about the possibility of using an in-network health care provider.

The suit says Ingram learned that had she gone with an in-network provider, the cost of her health procedure would have been only $6,850, rather than the $9,000 that she was charged from Omega.

The defendant is accused of negligence through failing to fully explain the options available to the plaintiff and failing to perform its duties in a proper manner.

Ingram seeks all reasonable damages, attorney fees and court costs. She is represented by attorney Anthony S. Maska of Hammond.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

The 24th Judicial District Court Case number 768241.

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