This is exactly why you can never deal in good faith with debt collection attorneys and that you have to assume that any promise over the phone without all terms in writing first is a lie. Don't make a bad situation worse: You'll have to respond to the summons AND show up in court.
Hire an attorney if you can afford one to file a response. If you can’t afford one, then file a general denial with the court in this format:
Mark “Deny” with this explanation:
- I cannot affirm or deny this debt until validation has been made for this claim in the form of the original application with my signature. I cannot respond until this documentation has been submitted to me by the other party
If you don't show up in court, they'll win a default judgement that can be two to three times the actual amount of the debt, so up to $2,400 in your case.
Guide for being sued credit card debt: http://tinyurl.com/3tglly4
- If you're low income: call the nearest Legal Aide society in your area and see if they can refer you to low cost legal representation.
The waiver is void on its face. Any licensed doctor must perform his or her profession according the the relevant professional standards. Violation of those standards is evidence of negligence.
"Signing a consent form does not waive a patient’s right to bring a medical malpractice claim if you can establish that your doctor deviated from the applicable standard of care in performing the procedure and you were injured as a result."