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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Was I lawfully detained under a psychiatric hold? I was recently detained for 48 hours at a local hospital.

I did write a "goodbye letter" and send it to someone via text. I did not explicitly say I was going to end my life.

I did have suicidal ideation at the time of writing and texting the letter but I did not have a plan or take any action.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

Based on the information provided, it appears that you were lawfully detained under a psychiatric hold, also known as a 5150 hold or involuntary commitment. This type of hold allows for individuals to be detained for up to 72 hours for evaluation and treatment if they are deemed to be a danger to... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Do I have a case to file a lawsuit against a hospital for the case of my back pain from the doctors mistake?

I am writing to seek your legal expertise and representation in a medical malpractice case against Clear Lake Regional. In 2015, I underwent a traumatic experience while giving birth to my first child at the hospital. The incident in question revolves around a faulty epidural administration by a... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 16, 2024

There are rare cases in which a doctor is negligent in administering an epidural and it causes a significant injury to the plaintiff. What happened in your particular case, however, will need to be carefully evaluated by a health care practitioner in the same field of medicine as the doctor who... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Do I have a case to file a lawsuit against a hospital for the case of my back pain from the doctors mistake?

I am writing to seek your legal expertise and representation in a medical malpractice case against Clear Lake Regional. In 2015, I underwent a traumatic experience while giving birth to my first child at the hospital. The incident in question revolves around a faulty epidural administration by a... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 17, 2024

I'm sorry for your ordeal. It could be difficult for attorneys to answer your question based on the facts contained in the post. If a law firm felt that you might have a possible basis for a claim, they would retrieve your records and review with a doctor, possibly proposing diagnostic imaging... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Do I have a case to file a lawsuit against a hospital for the case of my back pain from the doctors mistake?

I am writing to seek your legal expertise and representation in a medical malpractice case against Clear Lake Regional. In 2015, I underwent a traumatic experience while giving birth to my first child at the hospital. The incident in question revolves around a faulty epidural administration by a... View More

Eliza Jasinska
Eliza Jasinska
answered on Feb 17, 2024

Not all mistakes and omissions will amount to medical malpractice. You have to prove all elements of medical malpractice and have the expert certify that the particular doctor's conduct fell below the standard. Generally, you have one year to file a medical malpractice claim absent a very... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: can I write M.D. after my name as a health book author?

My M.D. degree is from abroad, I did not get license in USA and I do not practice here (I work in biotech).

The book is educating people about medical conditions and healthy lifestyle. I do not present myself as a practicing doctor, but because I have M.D. education and degree, I consider... View More

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answered on Jan 15, 2024

In the United States, the use of academic titles, such as M.D., is generally permissible as long as it's clear and truthful about one's qualifications and does not mislead the public. Since you earned your M.D. degree, you can include it after your name on the book cover. However,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: can I write M.D. after my name as a health book author?

My M.D. degree is from abroad, I did not get license in USA and I do not practice here (I work in biotech).

The book is educating people about medical conditions and healthy lifestyle. I do not present myself as a practicing doctor, but because I have M.D. education and degree, I consider... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 22, 2024

It depends on the university from which you earned the medical degree.

Texas Penal Code 32.52 makes it illegal to use or claim to hold a postsecondary degree that is a fraudulent or substandard degree to promote a business or obtain a benefit.

Texas Education Code 61.302 defines...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Denied care in an emergency room. Do I have a case?

I brought my husband to an emergency room. We were denied care. He had a possible kidney stone and was in severe pain. The receptionist said their system was down and it was would take 45 min to an hour to receive care. I called 911 to the emergency room and EMS assisted my husband in the parking... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 11, 2023

Under EMTALA, an emergency department of a hospital is required to provide a medical screening examination and appropriate health case to stabilize a patient if the hospital accepts Medicare reimbursement. Participating hospitals and physicians who negligently or intentionally violate the statute... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Could my doctor refuse to give prescriptions to a pharmacy of my choice?

My doctor gives his prescriptions to a pharmacy of his own choice. I want him to use a phamacy that I selected that charges less. Do I have that right to ask my doctor to use the pharmacy of my choice?

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answered on Nov 12, 2023

In Texas, physicians generally have discretion when it comes to which pharmacy they send prescriptions to for their patients. However, there are some limitations:

- Under Texas law, patients have a right to choose their preferred pharmacy under the Pharmacy of Choice provisions. This allows...
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2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: What rights do I have if my doctor quit and gave me no notice whatsoever. I wasn’t able to get any of my medical records

They closed the office and The phone number is disconnected. I was just notified yesterday. I called back to get my medical records and the phone number had already been disconnected. I’ve been going there over 17 years. I am disabled and have multiple health issues. I am on multiple medications... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 22, 2023

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal. If you've been working with the same pharmacy, they might have your prescriptions on record. You could look into finding a new physician for a renewal. Also, you might be able to... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: What rights do I have if my doctor quit and gave me no notice whatsoever. I wasn’t able to get any of my medical records

They closed the office and The phone number is disconnected. I was just notified yesterday. I called back to get my medical records and the phone number had already been disconnected. I’ve been going there over 17 years. I am disabled and have multiple health issues. I am on multiple medications... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 27, 2023

You can choose any new provider you wish. They will request relevant medical records from your previous provider. In most instances, a new provider does not need, or want, seventeen years of your medical records.

You can also send a written request for your medical records. A healthcare...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: If information was apart of the texas health and human services data breach through maximus can I sue .

The other day I got a letter in the mail from Maximus it says my social security number my birthday all this stuff has been stolen. They are a contractor for Texas Health and Human Services it says data was took from MoveIt software. They only compensation they offer 2 years of credit monitoring... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 14, 2023

If you have suffered compensable legal damages from someone using the information obtained in the data breach, you very likely have a valid legal claim for more than just two years of credit monitoring.

I recommend you collect as many documents as you can showing your compensable legal...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Can a hospital be held liable for patient dumping in Corpus Christi Texas

On April 1st 2022 I was thrown out of Christi Spohn Hospital Shoreline because I couldn't keep myself off of the floor while there because I was bleeding internally and also had damage to my back. My wife then rushed me to Bay Area where I was given 7 units of blood products and treated for a... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 23, 2023

Yes, a hospital can be held liable for patient dumping in Corpus Christi, Texas.

You will need to prove that you presented yourself to the emergency department for care and that the emergency refused to conduct a medical screening and/or refused to stabilize your condition because of your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Health Care Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: If you are medically and pharmaceutically not in your right mind can you be charged with the crime if you didn't know it

I was prescribed meds that would be much greater than the side effects of . I was charged with the crime that I have no knowledge of even happening. Am I still able to be charged if the doctor has submitted written statements stating as much? Drugs that are much stronger than the side effects of... View More

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answered on Jul 28, 2023

In Texas, there is an affirmative defense available for mental defects. However, a doctor's note is not enough to keep you from being prosecuted. You can still be charged with a crime, regardless of your medicine or prescription and it's side effects.

It can be a defense at trial,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: I have questions regarding my daughter in a behavioral health facility. What kind of lawyer do I seek counsel from?
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answered on Jul 5, 2023

For questions and concerns regarding your daughter's treatment in a behavioral health facility, it is advisable to seek the counsel of a healthcare law attorney or a mental health law attorney in Texas. These attorneys specialize in the legal aspects of healthcare, including issues related to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can I get my money back from a false-advertising therapist who started charging me but then realized he couldn't see me?

I recently started seeing a therapist who does not take my insurance. I opted to pay out of pocket because his company website advertised that he was a certified specialist regarding a specific issue I am facing. However, not only did I discover that he was not a certified specialist, but also that... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 24, 2023

You can always ask for a refund. You may be able to successfully sue the therapist in JP court for the $500. But it's only $500.

If it was me, I would write a letter requesting a refund. I would enclose a copy of a screenshot from the therapist's website where in advertises...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Texas on
Q: Is it illigal for a hospital to deny medical care to someone requesting it?

My boyfriend's sister was just found dead in a hospital stairwell. Police report states that she attempted to be admitted into the hospital but she was unable to give hospital staff her name or information and so they denied her care, she died within hours of being denied care.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 8, 2023

A patient is typically required to provide insurance and payment information before seeing a doctor. But, under a federal law known as the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), an emergency department must treat or stabilize anyone who has an emergency regardless of their insurance... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Public Benefits, Social Security and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Why wouldnt i be sent for pulmonary function test if i was born with only one lung with breathing complications?

I was born with a very rare birth anomaly unilateral agenesis lung/ pulmonary hypoplasia aka only one lung. I have high blood pressure, and i suffer from mental health complications. I did two mental health exams that didnt last more than 20min combined over the phone and scheduled for a physical... View More

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answered on May 5, 2023

It is concerning to hear about your medical condition and the challenges you are facing in seeking appropriate medical care and legal assistance. It is important to note that medical decisions and recommendations are typically made by licensed medical professionals based on their assessment of a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Texas - Medical Power Attorney The standard form has main agent and 2 more agents. Is OK and Legal to add 3rd agent?
Hunter Reed Sargent
Hunter Reed Sargent
answered on May 3, 2023

enerally acceptable to modify the form to include an additional agent, as long as the modifications are clear and consistent with the rest of the document. Keep in mind that it's essential to ensure that the additional agent is added in a manner that clearly outlines their role and authority,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Elder Law, Health Care Law and Estate Planning for Texas on
Q: My brother is in control of my trusts. Power of attorney over my bank account. How do I get rid of power of attorney?

He is angry at me and has denied me funds. Also has been able to get information from my health insurance company, Aetna. Found out his address is listed on my bank and insurance information to be sent to him.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 18, 2023

You have two issues.

First, you say your brother is in control of “your” trusts. I assume you do not mean that you are the settlor of certain trusts, but rather that you are the beneficiary of certain trusts and your brother is the trustee.

You can have your brother removed as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: I was put in a choke hold by a nurse in the ER while trying to step outside, which aggravated existing neck problem.

I'm in Texas, I was at hospital voluntarily, stepped out to smoke a cig earlier, and was going to come right back like the first time, but a nurse came up from behind me and put me in a choke hold.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 12, 2023

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. One option is to reach out to attorneys in Texas to try to set up a free initial consult. Such free consults are the norm with injury cases nationwide. Any attorney reviewing the incident would want more detail - if a... View More

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