The intent of the document is to establish the sequence of events leading up to the current situation, and to inform the party reading this to understand the history and characters involved. Especially the disreputable and unethical fee and billing practices of the Plaintiff(Dr LEE PRESSLER, STATE LICENSE # 25MA06546300) and his brother Attorney(SHELDON PRESSLER).
At approximately 2:30AM on April 4th, 2002 I was admitted into Emergency Care at Morristown Medical Center. It was upon my admittance that the resident emergency medical physician Dr Paul Szucs consulted with me and conducted tests on my condition. It was shortly thereafter that he confirmed a kidney stone formation. He admitted me to an overnight stay with fluids to hydrate and was released in the morning, after I passed the stone. Upon my departure, the Plaintiff(Dr LEE PRESSLER, STATE LICENSE # 25MA06546300) while attending to his patient in the next bed, started to solicit me to visit his office and to conduct tests as to my condition. I informed him of my lack of insurance and declined his offer but accepted his card. This was the ONLY time I’ve seen or had conversation with the Plaintiff(Dr LEE PRESSLER, STATE LICENSE # 25MA06546300). The conversation lasted briefly and was more a solicitation than a doctor/patient consultation. I lived up to my responsibilities and paid all parties that administered services until my debt was satisfied. It was sometime later that I received a bill for services rendered from the Plaintiff(Dr LEE PRESSLER, STATE LICENSE # 25MA06546300) and quickly called his office to better understand the charges. I was informed by his staff that his consultation fee was $375.00. I told them I disagreed with his claim and that I will not be making any payments. I conveyed to his staff that I never asked for his services, signed anything to warrant his services, nor saw him during my emergency visit to decline his service and that a fee for a solicitation of service was absurd. I was then informed that his brother was an attorney and that the doctor would use his brother’s services for debt collection. It was then that I said that if the judge made that determination, I would pay that fee. Since then his legal counsel, Pressler & Pressler, has been harassing me to pay this fee along with these collection fees and penalties. The campaign that Pressler & Pressler chose to engage in was one of harassment, deceit and deception, by repeatedly delaying and postponing the case, till eventually the court dismissed the case due to non-appearance and misinforming the court of the correct sequence of events(See court’s assessment attached). After the dismissal and some time later I again started to receive harassing letters and phone calls from the Plaintiff’s attorney (Pressler & Pressler) to pay this debt. I’ll admit to being guilty of ignoring these communications but my thinking was that the case was dismissed. Till recently when I consulted an attorney, it was then that we discovered the case was closed without prejudice and it has since been assigned a different docket number(DC-00002175-04) from the original(DC-00005415-03). I was amazed to hear that this could be true. Since it was ignored, the deceitful attorney moved forward with his case and I was found guilty by default judgment. I have since filed a motion to vacate the default judgment and have been working towards having my case heard, with consistent pressures and reluctance from the plaintiffs attorney.
My current situation has me travelling for business 80% of the time nationally and that I’m seeking resolution but need help from the court. I have even tried, on numerous occasions to settle, even though I admit no responsibility to this obligation. But out of pure frustration with the process and lack of success and cooperation in the courts, I was considering giving up, thus allowing this unethical practitioner of medicine to be on his way and let someone else fight for justice. I can’t understand how the court would allow this kind of behavior to go on when it’s quite obvious that the reputation of this scandalous and corrupt partnership gets away with this scheme time and time again.
I have since been advised by an attorney that my recourse could be to file a suit against the hospital for allowing this doctor access to my medical records without my consent, as stated in the NJ Hospital Emergency Care SOP Document, and I’m giving it consideration.