April 27, 2016

The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday revived a potential class action alleging 80 Florida hospitals overcharged by breathtaking amounts for post-car-crash X-rays and CT scans, saying a judge skipped crucial discovery when he decided that the issues were too individualized for class litigation.

An appeals court panel reversed the dismissal of class allegations in a suit by personal injury protection, or PIP, insurance customers against hospital owner HCA Holdings Inc. In Florida, all car owners have to carry $10,000 worth of PIP insurance.

The customers say that when they visited one of HCA’s 80 Florida hospitals and surgery centers for radiology services after car accidents, they were charged upward of $6,000 apiece for X-rays and CT scans that allegedly should have cost somewhere from a couple hundred dollars, which is Medicaid’s reimbursement rate, to a few thousand dollars, HCA’s rate tier for the uninsured.

Ted Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said Wednesday that they were looking forward to pursuing the overcharging claims further.

The plaintiffs are represented by Theodore Leopold, Leslie Kroeger, Diana Martin, Andrew Friedman and Douglas McNamara of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, by Kimberly Boldt of Boldt Law Firm PA, and by Charles Cartwright and Adriana Gonzalez of Gonzalez & Cartwright PA.

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