Friday, May 22, 2015
The Mississippi Supreme Court applied res judicata to medical bills in the following case yesterday: In the Matter of the Dissolution of James Hanlin and Melanie Hanlin . The parties were divorced in 2007 and certain medical bills went unpaid. Ms. Hanlin knew the medical bills were unpaid in 2009 when she was in court but did not pursue them. The Court found that the claim could and should have been brought then. Therefore, the later claim was barred. This is why it is important to have a party be sure to raise any issue they have in a current proceeding and not wait until later.