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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Health Care Law, Juvenile Law and Military Law for Iowa on
Q: 14yo boy steals military explosives and tells therapist in Iowa. Does therapist tell? What's her duty?

This is a question for a test (not real life)

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Jul 19, 2019

This is a classic test question that has to do with the balance of privacy of patients vs the protection of property/health/life.

To answer this question, see Tarasoff. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarasoff_v._Regents_of_the_University_of_California .

I think that the therapist...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Public Benefits for Iowa on
Q: What kind of lawyer do I need if an inpatient mental health facility violated their policies?

I placed my teenage daughter in an inpatient mental health facility that had strict guidelines regarding who could contact her and how. She was not allowed to have contact with anyone that I, personally did not put on her list, which was password protected by a password I chose. She could not... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens answered on Jun 26, 2019

Did you have a written agreement between the health care facility and you? If so, are the conditions / terms which you assert were violated specifically delineated in the agreement? How have you and / or your daughter been damaged by the health care facility’s breach of the agreement?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Iowa on
Q: I went to pick up a prescription from doctors office for my meds when I got there I was having chest pains and arms hurt

I ask if a Dr. would see me and why and the receptionist said Drs were booked and I would have to go to urgent Care so I drove myself there about 10 minutes away and they took me from there by ambulance to the emergency room should I see lawyer?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 11, 2017

While they did not follow protocols, unless what they did resulted in a serious problem, I don't see that there is a case--fortunately you got to the hospital before anything bad happened. However if you have a concern that heart tissue may have died in that time, contact a member of the Iowa Assn... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Iowa on
Q: Can I sue the hospital? In Iowa my husband of 6 years had an unexpected aortic aneurysm on the 28th of November 2016. I

Was made his POA while at the first hospital when he was still alert and aware. He was airlifted from Ne. To Trauma center in Iowa, rushed into immediate surgery, on COMPLETE life support with intubation,and no brain activity for 3 days.Upon my arrival back to the ICU on the 29th, I was met by 3... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 9, 2017

Assuming it can be proven it may constitute an intentional tort. Contact a member of the Iowa Assn for Justice who handles hospital responsibiltiy cases--they give free consults.

You'll want a copy of your husbands records. Without saying why, just ask for the records on a disc. If they say...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Social Security for Iowa on
Q: I received a large bill for copies of medical records. I asked for a detailed invoice to explain the charges. No answer

While applying for SSI/SSDI, I asked my old psychotherapist to send in a copy of my "diagnosis"/"medical records". Later, I received a bill. It seemed really, really high, so I checked the laws (I saw her in VA, I now live in MI, she now works in IA). All of them say that she can bill me for "the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 5, 2016

Assuming you think you may need her for Social Security hearing, doesn't make sense to get into it with her. Most therapists if they aren't in a big practice don't have someone who copies things, so they either have to hire someone or do it themselves. If it were a hospital or other situaition... Read more »

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