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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: If I called a medical office 21 times after not picking up. Is there anything wrong with that?

Place mistakenly issued bill in error. No one was picking up. Finally they picked up saying that this was the wrong department and it is the billing department you’ll need to get ahold of me.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

Calling a medical office 21 times could potentially be considered excessive, especially if the calls were made within a short period or if they were not returned promptly. While it's understandable to want to resolve an issue with billing, repeated calls may be seen as disruptive or harassing,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: Do I have grounds to sue if hospital made me overdose

I'm having bad headaches no taste of anything.

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answered on Dec 25, 2023

If you believe that a hospital administered medication that resulted in an overdose and caused you harm, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. To determine whether you have a viable case, consider the following steps:

Document Your Experience: Keep records of all medical...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: What are my options, if the pharmacy is not familiar with Kevin's Law and refused my emergency insulin refill?

It's a holiday weekend and myself and the pharmacy have both been very unsuccessful with obtaining a new prescription from my physician for the last few days. My current insulin prescription has zero refills remaining and today I asked the pharmacy for an emergency insulin refill and they... View More

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answered on Nov 28, 2023

In Arizona, Kevin's Law allows pharmacists to provide emergency refills of non-controlled medications for up to a 90-day supply, under certain conditions, when a doctor's authorization is not immediately available. This law aims to prevent lapses in critical medication, like insulin, due... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Law and Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: While on short term disability diagnosis with cancer the company said they were separating me from the company.

I am 74 years old. I know I was released because of my health and age. Start date 7/20/15-9/20/23. This case is scheduled with the EEOC on 120/23. Can a company legally do this?

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

It depends on the reason the company gave for your separation. If they told you that you were being released due to your health and age, then you may have a legal claim against them if you were still able to perform the essential functions of your position.

If they gave you a different...
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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation, Health Care Law and Public Benefits for Arizona on
Q: I've been working a new job for 3 months. I'm now injured. I need advice as far as FLMA Short term Diss...and Work Comp

I've seen my PCP she had me give my work an 8 day absent note I'm currently getting xrays so I have all paperwork and my PCP is doing FLMA paperwork with me Thursday. I haven't talked to my work since giving them the 8 days off doctors note Wednesday. I don't know what I should and should not say.

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman
answered on Apr 25, 2023

Good afternoon. You are required in Arizona to provide prompt notice about an accident at work and, because you have been told by your doctor that you have an injury, you should notify a person of authority at the company what injury you think you have. That should be in the note from your doctor... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: medicare coverage issues , who would handle the appeals process or be able to council

I am being denied coverage for Emergency Hospital stay because the Hospital is out of Network with my Advantage Medical Plan.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 5, 2023

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Depending on the amount in dispute and complexity of an appeal, people may choose to work with attorneys who handle health care claims. Read the fine print on the conditions for the appeal. It looks like three... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Arizona on
Q: I recently went the ER, after 6 hours. I was given my discharge paper an told to leave

The doctor came in asked me what was going on where pain was said he was gonna check the results from ultrasound and be back and never came back, never saw my nurse either some random lady came in took out my ivs throw down the discharge paper work tells me to sign an leave, no one told me anything... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 10, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. There wasn't a question included, but if you are wondering if the incident rose to the level of providing you with grounds for a med mal case, it doesn't sound like it. There is generally a need for showing... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: Counseling notes

I am in a custody battle with my ex-boyfriend over my 15 1/2-year-old son. We have a final court date next week. I need to know HOW he got copies of MENTAL THERAPY NOTES from 5-6 years ago. How did he do that without my knowledge?? These are not medical records. These are MENTAL THERAPY NOTES that... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Oct 23, 2022

Regarding how he got the records: The best way to find out is to contact the provider directly and ask why the records were released. You should ask for a copy of whatever subpoena, HIPAA Release, or other request your ex sent to the provider.

For medical (including counseling) or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Products Liability and Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: I need help getting reimbursement from our health care assistance and I am being sent in circles. Can you help?

Back in Sept. we signed up for United Health Shared Ministry as our basic health coverage. My husband & I go to our yearly doctor visit but thats pretty much it, so we wanted a plan that fit our needs & didn't break the bank. We thought we found it, but boy were we wrong. All... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 16, 2024

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. One option, and the most inexpensive one to start with, might be to look into whether your state's department of insurance could offer guidance. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: Can a hospital refuse to do labs if requested by a primary care doctor from his clinic
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 15, 2023

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Until you're able to consult with a local attorney, it could depend on the plan and coverage, among other details. One option could be private commercial labs, if they're covered in the plan. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Business Law and Education Law for Arizona on
Q: What kind of lawyer is the best to be consulted about for a physical therapy e-course and its legal requirements?

We need information about the limitations of a physical therapist that is producing their own e-course. As far as certain disclosures, or verbiage they are allowed to use when speaking to users outside their state of certification. Who would be the best person to contact for this? Or, what area of... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 24, 2023

A starting point could be an education law attorney. Some states also offer free information online for the scope of practice of certain professions (Departments of States and others). Good luck

2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Q: Hi, we accidentally sent a duplicated payment to a doctor. It’s been 6 month and no refund or update. What can I do? Thx

My husband and I both paid the bill without knowing the other person did. This was for our son’s newborn exam at the hospital. The doctor doesn’t have a physical office so I’ve been dealing with a medical billing agency. It’s been almost 6 months and they can’t provide any update. I tried... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Aug 23, 2023

Your legal right would be to sue (for example, small claims court).

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Civil Litigation and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: They are discharging me from the adult foster care provider with no where else to go and no notice. I have 5 days then I

Devereux adult foster care

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answered on Jul 12, 2023

If you believe you have been wrongfully discharged from an adult foster care provider without proper notice or alternative arrangements, you may potentially have legal grounds to pursue a lawsuit. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in adult foster care and housing laws is crucial in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: My son who was 32 , lived with me, in intensive care and passed away. He had no insurance. Am I liable for expense?
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answered on Jul 7, 2023

Parents are not automatically liable for their adult child's medical expenses unless they have specifically agreed to take financial responsibility or co-signed any agreements related to the medical treatment.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: Do I have to provide a healthcare provider's recommendation for reasonable accommodation if asked for by my employer?

Currently requesting an ADA accommodation due to my high anxiety working in office at my workplace. I am diagnosed with Bipolar 1 and have had a history of anxiety. I let my company know about my disability; however, to approve the request, I am required to provide proof of disability and... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 16, 2023

Anxiety can be, but is not necessarily, a disability under the ADA. It must interfere with major life activities like eating, walking, dressing, etc to be considered a disability.

The employer has the right to request documentation.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: Boyfriend signed me as Emergency contact in ER registration, but son was defaulted as medical poa. Pneumonia, Now what?

In Arizona, we live together for 8 years. Trust has no Medical POA. Only a will. We moved 3 mos. ago to mfg home in my name. Boyfriends IRA (I am beneficiary) and healthy checking. Balance. Revocable Trust dated 2017, attorney disbarred in 2018. No e-file.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jul 21, 2022

"Now what?" is a really vague question, but I am answering with the presumption that your question is "how do I make my boyfriend my medical POA?" You need to execute a medical POA and provide the hospital a copy.

You can find the form for the State of Arizona here:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Arizona on
Q: What are our options if our health insurance denied a $28,000 air ambulance claim stating it was medically unnecessary?

In August 2021, my spouse was evaluated in our rural/local emergency room. It was determined he had Covid pneumonia and needed to be admitted but the hospital was full. A bed was found in a location 3 hours away. We have emergency helicopter insurance, so they were arranged for the transport.... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 25, 2022

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. Given the $28,000 at stake, this is probably something on which you may want to consider seeking the guidance of an Arizona attorney. Health care claims can involve state-specific health, insurance, and consumer... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: I have been adsaulted three times by a person. I have advanced glaucoma. The person was at my bedroom window last night.

So far the precinct judge has done very little. My assaulter ignored the peace bond that i filed for.

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answered on Mar 24, 2022

If there are criminal charges against the assailant, you should talk to the victim advocate. A lot of times you can get release conditions (if not already in place) that will prohibit contact or harassment. If there is no criminal case you may be able to get some form of protective order such as... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: If a home healthcare agency sends an aide to a client's house that brought bed bugs into the clients home,can he sue?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 28, 2021

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It sounds like it might be a difficult case. With such cases in general, connecting the infestation to the alleged source (to the exclusion of other possibilities) could sometimes present challenges. Additionally, if... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Arizona on
Q: Are hospitals legally allowed to deny visitors with a birth of a child?

I thought there was a 2010 federal law passed saying patients have a civil right to choose who can visit. My wife was told that the birth of our first child in August will now be where instead of her mom and sisters plus myself be allowed, they will only allow 1 person and then mentioned I might... View More

Jay Hall
Jay Hall
answered on Jul 20, 2020

Yes the hospitals are allowed to impose reasonable restrictions during this public health emergency. I haven't heard of any hospital denying all visitors, but I do believe most are restricting it to one visitor and requiring the visitor to pass some medical protocol to enter the hospital. If... View More

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