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Q: Is it legal to ask about a seizure disorder?

We are planning on hosting an event for the special needs population. Is it legal on the registration to ask if the guests have a seizure disorder or other medical issue that would be helpful to know in the event of an emergency?

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Q: can RI hospital psych ward hold a patient who called SuicideHotline on themself After patient request leave after 3 days

Patient had a minor past suicide attempt over 2 years ago and seeked help. Since has made Major improvement and no issues since. Patient called suicide hotline due to depression and anxiety, and is now being held for 3 days and wishes to leave to seek therapy and feels they do not need inpatient... View More

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

In Rhode Island, mental health facilities have the authority to hold a patient for evaluation and treatment if they believe the patient poses a risk to themselves or others due to a mental health condition. This can occur even if the patient voluntarily sought help initially.

If a patient...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Health Care Law for Rhode Island on
Q: What can I do in regards to a false lab tests results at a clinic I attend ,it has made me extremely upset and worried

False results leading to other questions about my medical information that is completely not true

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 14, 2023

A Rhode Island attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. If the lab and referring doctor responded to the error promptly, it's possible that could have averted actual damages occurring. A local attorney could advise more definitely with additional details - the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law, Landlord - Tenant and Medical Malpractice for Rhode Island on
Q: i went to the emergency room a month and a half ago , I had an infection in my testicle

The ER sent me home with an antibiotic, which the pharmacy would not fill because it would cause a severe. Reaction to my every day medication, I called my Doctor, left them 4/5 messages, I also informed the doctor through the portal what was going on. In the mean time the infection is getting... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Mar 22, 2023

The facts you relate have the earmarks of a valid legal malpractice that should be investigated. You should consult with experienced medical malpractice attorneys in your state. You can search for such attorneys on this website.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Health Care Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I had a my index knuckle replaced in 2015. It failed in 2019...broke. How many others have failed...his patent???

Doctor has patents on replacement joints. I have 2. Index failed in 4 yesrs...in retirement.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 17, 2020

A Rhode Island attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal involving the joint failure. To make a meaningful assessment, an attorney would probably need to review your records with a medical professional - and possibly a biomedical engineer.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Rhode Island on
Q: I believe my school misdiagnosed me with the flu when I really had the coronavirus.

I was sick with flu like symptoms in late February. I came to believe that it was a possibility that I had the coronavirus. I got tested and it came back positive. When I was sick I went to the doctors at my college. They asked my symptoms and wrote me a note saying it was the flu without testing... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 2, 2020

A Rhode Island attorney should advise you on this, but your post remains open for four weeks. In terms of the legal action you ask about, a fundamental issue will be the extent of damages/injury you suffered. Another issue that could arise here is the large number of resources out there that... View More

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Q: How long does a doctor's office have to reply to my request for an appointment?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 7, 2020

This isn't a legal question; it's a personal decision. If you believe the delay is an indicator of a poorly run office, it could be a sign for you to look elsewhere for a doctor. If you believe the practice is run by a good doctor that everyone in town lines up to see, and that the delay... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Rhode Island on
Q: What type of lawyer do I contact for negligence or fraud when dealing with Healthsource RI, and how do I go about it?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 29, 2018

Look at the directory here and choose one. Then contact them to arrange a meeting with your evidence. They may ask for a retainer for the costs of their time.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Health Care Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Is there a Law in Rhode Island against Counselors sexually abusing their clients?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jun 8, 2017

Yes, this is strictly prohibited.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Health Care Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My mother inlaw was in a nursing home for two week hospice paid first five day the she was denied Medicare she die on

1/2/2016 are we responsible for her bill at the nursing home we live in Rhode Island

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Mar 16, 2016

Sorry for your loss. If you signed a guarantee for her medical costs, you may be contractually obliged to pay.

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Rhode Island on
Q: As a psychologst in RI, how do I respond to a subpoena for mental health records requested by lawyers opposing my client
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 24, 2013

Your practice group will likely have attorneys retained to file the appropriate motions to ensure you comport with HIPPA regulations. If you do not have a practice group with counsel of record, consult with a local attorney who may assist you in filing the proper motions and following procedure of... View More

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Q: When living in a group home for mentally ill when they go to hospital who recieves the medical records
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 24, 2013

Medical records may be requested by the patient, their guardian, or treating providers.

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Q: I just received a bill for an MRI I had on 11/5/08. I already pd $564.01 on 3/6/09. Can they bill me 26 months later?

I paid the paid when they initially sent it to me. How can I get another bill over 2 years later? Is this legal? Is there a limit on how long they can bill someone? I thought it was all set a long time ago. I have "A" credit and have always paid my bills on time.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 24, 2013

Send the creditor proof of the prior payment and that should resolve the matter.

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