The Illinois Attorney General’s office recently filed a lawsuit against a suburban medical company that they claim unfairly convinced buyers to purchase unnecessary medical scans. The Southtown Star reported on the suit which was officially filed on Thursday.
According to the complaint in the Illinois lawsuit, the company, Heart Check America, Inc., attempted to get customers to purchase scans to check for cancer. However, the corporation is accused of using unfair and deceptive business practices to pressure unsuspecting customers into signing up for yearly contracts that they did not need. Many customers signed up for the body scans which often cost up to $7,000 a year in contract fees. The business also charged customers a $199 enrollment fee and $199 annual membership dues.
Yet, the state’s Attorney General is claiming that most customers got little to nothing of value for those costs. The staff members who sold the scans were not medically trained, and the customers were not evaluated by medical providers before the sale to determine whether the scan was appropriate. On top of that, customers were not informed of their potential risk for radiation exposure as a result of the procedure. They were similarly kept in the dark about the fact that false negative results from the tests could lead to unnecessary expense and harm from future exams.
The company and its owners have been missing in action over the past several months. The two offices have been closed, phone disconnected, and consumers have been unable to receive their scan or results.
The customers who suffered unnecessary medical harm and paid unnecessary funds have a right to hold this reckless company accountable for their wrongdoing. The company in this case, like many medical service providers, unjustifiable placed profits over the needs and safety of those who trusted them to provide necessary medical services. Our Illinois malpractice lawyers believe all victims should step forward and ensure that their rights are respected and vindicated.
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