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Millions of Americans are struggling with medical debt

Most of the Ohio residents who file a personal bankruptcy each year do so because of overwhelming medical debts. Figures published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine put the number of Americans facing financial hardship due to doctor and hospital bills at 137 million, and about half of the people polled recently by TD Ameritrade said that they would consider using funds that they have saved for their retirement years to pay medical expenses.

Bankruptcy rates for older Americans are soaring

The number of people filing for bankruptcy in Ohio and around the country who are 55 years of age or older has soared in recent years, and most of them are turning to debt relief because of unmanageable levels of medical debt. A study conducted by a University of Illinois law professor reveals that the number of bankruptcies filed by individuals between 55 and 64 years of age has increased by 66% since 1991, and the number of retired Americans seeking debt relief has surged by more than 200%.

Bankruptcy and seniors: an increasing reality

Many people in Ohio may well grow up with the idea that they will work hard during the majority of their life and then retire at some point. Their retirement years are generally expected to be funded by savings, Social Security and maybe even some wise investments. Very few people expect that their retirement years could be marked by the most serious financial problems of their entire life. That, however, seems to be the case for more seniors today than in prior generations.

Can you be forced into bankruptcy?

Personal bankruptcy is a personal choice that you may consider if you are experiencing insurmountable financial difficulties. The option to pursue a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is yours alone – or so you may think. What if someone told you that your creditors may petition the court for your bankruptcy against your will?

Will debts remain after filing for Chapter 7?

As a resident of Ohio, you have several options to look into if you are considering filing for bankruptcy. For example, Chapter 7 bankruptcy offers relief from certain debts by allowing you to discharge them. However, it is crucial to note that not every debt you hold can be dismissed through bankruptcy.

Medical expenses: A major cause of bankruptcy

Across the United States, more than 770,000 people filed for bankruptcy in 2018, according to the U.S. Courts. Nearly 500,000 of those cases involved liquidation bankruptcy or Chapter 7, which wipes clean most financial debt people owe to various creditors. One major cause of these bankruptcies involves the high rate of medical debt in the country, and the inability to pay off health care expenses accumulated from surgical procedures, injuries, emergency room visits and treatment for chronic conditions. In fact, 62% of people who filed for bankruptcy listed medical expenses as the main reason for their inability to keep up with their financial obligations.

What can bankruptcy’s automatic stay protect you against?

As an Ohio resident who is facing mounting bills that have become more than you can reasonably manage, you may be wondering what you can do to escape the seemingly constant barrage of phone calls from creditors and debt collectors. You may, too, have heard that bankruptcy’s automatic stay period can give you at least temporary relief from some of these communications, but you may not fully understand what happens during this period.

How do you file for bankruptcy in Ohio?

Your bankruptcy will probably start with questions and end with a clearer financial future. Do you need to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13? Do you have assets you could sell off before you begin the bankruptcy process? Have you paid debts that the court could reclaim during the procedure? These are some of the things you might want to ask yourself before you begin the bankruptcy process in Ohio.

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