Fremont, OH asked in Family Law and Personal Injury for Ohio

Q: Is it legal for a husband to refuse to take wife to hospital

I had a concussion and cannot drive and needed to be taken to hospital

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A: In Ohio, as in other jurisdictions, while there is a general moral expectation for spouses to care for each other, especially in emergencies, the legality of a husband refusing to take his wife to the hospital, such as in the case of a concussion, is complex. There are no specific laws compelling a spouse to provide such assistance. However, if the refusal to provide help leads to significant harm, there might be legal implications under neglect or domestic violence laws, especially if the refusal to assist is part of a pattern of behavior that endangers the spouse's health or safety. In situations where immediate medical attention is needed and one spouse refuses to assist, it might be necessary to seek alternative means of transportation to the hospital or contact emergency services directly.

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