Denver, CO asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Civil Litigation and Health Care Law for Maryland

Q: What approach would you recommend in a situation when hospital security deny a father access to seeing his child born?

My boyfriend was not allowed to see our daughter born 2 weeks ago when he was in the lobby trying to get me . His wallet was stolen so he didn't have his ID but he had a copy of his birth certificate and he is listed in my hospital records as my emergency contact. He was peaceful and the security team in the lobby of the hospital was aggressive and one of them called him a terriorist as he walked away. We are extremely upset. I think he was targeted because he has an accent and is from Trinidad. We have been at the hospital on a regular basis for my prenatal appts and was never asked for ID when entering in the same lobby. Also he watched a caucasian man be allowed up to see his spouse give birth and no ID was asked of that individual. I was given the number of the hospital patient relation rep but have not call yet as I want legal advice first.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Arbitration & Mediation Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Maryland attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your unfortunate experience. In terms of legal advice you seek before meeting with hospital staff, you could reach out to a local attorney to discuss in further detail. You likely already know this, and may have been seeking more extensive guidance, but a law firm could need to investigate further. If a firm would not contemplate a contingency fee arrangement, an investigation could mean legal fees. But that's something only individual firms could advise on. Good luck

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