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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: I’ll be in Washington state for 6 mnths on a visitor visa. Can I sign up for health care coverage via the state exchan
T. Augustus Claus
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answered on Dec 28, 2023

As a visitor to Washington state on a temporary visa, you may not be eligible to enroll in health care coverage through the state exchange. Typically, eligibility for health care coverage through state exchanges is determined by factors such as residency and citizenship status.

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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Health Care Law and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: I had my medical license in CA put on probation after three weird encounters with corrupt and dumb police. I had

already left CA terrified and moved to NM. There, severe sleep apnea and hypoxia was missed until I was so disabled I didn't even think to get help to get on disability. Eventually a social worker got me help and I was given federal disability. I asked the CA medical board to change my... View More

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answered on Oct 26, 2023

The situation you described raises concerns about potential violations of your rights. If you believe that your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act or other relevant laws were violated, you may have grounds to pursue a complaint or lawsuit.

It's crucial to gather all...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Does a Proof of Representation or a Consent to Release allow an insurance adjuster access to all of my medical records?

I am in the middle of negotiating a settlement amount with the at fault drivers insurance company and they have sent me a Proof Of Representation and a Consent to Release form saying I have to fill out both in order to receive my settlement check. I am a Medicare recipient but have kept my... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 27, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, as it's possible some claim forms might be state-specific. In terms of release of medical records, a HIPAA form is generally used. Such forms generally provide for selection of the scope of medical information to be released (range of dates of service,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: Why is someone listed as working at one law firm and can't be found on the website of a firm who I originally spoke to??

Firm A had recently contacted me about representing me for my injury case. I have done research on both firm A itself as well as the named attorneys B, C, D, & E who make up Firm A. About a week or so ago, I was suddenly contacted by a new attorney, F, who was familiar with my specific case,... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 25, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. There are a couple of possibilities. Attorneys regularly join and leave law firms. Sometimes firm websites might not reflect staffing changes quickly. Also, some law firms have relationships with "of... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: What If I work for a medical facility and find that other employees are committing malpractice and doing illegal things?

If the company that hires me are negligent in their training programs and do not train staff properly, and I notice other employees committing crimes and doing things against policy and procedures, is there legal action I can take against them?

Christopher Kirk Steuart
Christopher Kirk Steuart
answered on Feb 28, 2023

Based on the limited set of facts provided in your question it is difficult to determine how serious or dangerous the situation you are describing is. This is an issue of what are your responsibility to the organization, patients, and the broader community. With knowing more, I would say the first... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: What If I work for a medical facility and find that other employees are committing malpractice and doing illegal things?

If the company that hires me are negligent in their training programs and do not train staff properly, and I notice other employees committing crimes and doing things against policy and procedures, is there legal action I can take against them?

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Feb 28, 2023

You can file a complaint with the appropriate regulatory agency or notify your employer of the activities that you believe in good faith to be illegal. If you do so, your employer is legally prohibited from retaliating against you for whistleblowing.

At the same, you would be wise to seek...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: Seeking advice on how to handle medical negligence for my daughter towards a hospital in Tacoma.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 27, 2024

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. At this point, you could repost your question and include the category "Medical Malpractice." Some questions do go unanswered, but the additional category should give you better chances of a response.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Health Care Law and Business Law for Washington on
Q: I'm looking to hire an attorney to get legal advice, but I have trouble figuring out which specialty I need.

I would like to start a business somewhat related to healthcare. I don't have any type of medical license, and I want to make sure that I won't be accused of practicing medicine without a license. I'm looking for an attorney with whom to share my plan in detail, and who could help me... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 28, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Your points are valid. A health care attorney could be a starting point. A business formation attorney might also be able to offer guidance as to options available in forming a business. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can my partner's work penalize him for going to my prenatal appointments?

My partner has been writing down the days of my appointments in which he will either need to leave work early or arrive just a little bit late. His employers told him that it needs to be written down when they are, however they are trying to punish him for attending the appointments.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 6, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. The question may have gone unnoticed under the Health Care Law heading - it's something that an employment law attorney would have insight into. Some questions go unanswered, but you could try reposting... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: How do you sue a health insurance company that is regulated by the CCIIO?

My partner has been denied coverage for a severe neck issue because her symptoms do not meet the criteria for medical necessity.

Her doctor, however, believes that she does met that criteria.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 17, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week, and it appears that your partner is in need of medical attention. Only a local attorney could advise on civil procedure aspects of suing insurance carriers in terms of the question you pose. But some general... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: My boyfriend was recently diagnosed w/covid-19 & needed medical attention. Can the ER deny treatment cuz they didnt have

I believe we were kicked out of the emergency room because I was defending his right to wait inside instead of outside on the cold bench

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 2, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Something may have gotten cut off in your post and it isn't fully clear what happened. If there was some kind of incident that led to you being ejected from the ER or the waiting room, you could reach out... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Hospital didn’t take percationary measures to prevent DVTs while completely immobile for 3 weeks unde there care.

I was hospitalized for about a month completely confined to my bed unable to move from my bed to even go to the bathroom From a serious life threatening infection in the joint in my hip... already known to have and at very high risk for blood clots, they did not take any precautionary measures to... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 3, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm sorry for your ordeal. Unfortunately, it is difficult for an attorney to offer meaningful input here - your situation calls for a medical opinion. As a starting point, you could reach out to med mal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: If someone comes near me not wearing a mask, which is a threat to my health can I defend myself.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 6, 2020

A Washington attorney could answer this best, but your question remains open for a week. Depending on how the situation unfolded, it could result in assault charges. A criminal defense attorney could offer better insight here than a personal injury attorney. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: so if Inslee continues to call this and emergency does this mean he can keep doing this forever?

also does he have the right to jail and fine people for not complying with his wishes? and if so why are so many officers of the law refusing to enforce his mandates? thank you for responding

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on Jun 26, 2020

Violation of the Governor's order is a gross misdemeanor, so a person can be arrested for it. Does "he" have the right to jail people? No, that is not the function of his office. But local law enforcement anywhere in the state can enforce the statute.

Since it only went in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: If a Washington State (exempt) agency committed fraud can they be sued?

If a Washington State (exempt) agency knowingly false reported, selectively deleted protected permanent records, committed fraud and theft $588,000 and intentionally neglected claimant to cause death can they be sued under tort law?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 23, 2018

You would need to discuss this with a Washington attorney at the soonest. I do not practice in Washington but your question was not picked up for four weeks. If you are contemplating legal action, you should consult with an attorney without delay because there could be notice of claim filing... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Washington on
Q: Is it legal for an employer to only give 24 hour health insurance paperwork turnaround time? We had no time to look

We had no time to look into our other options. At 24/hr, the premium is $900/month for a family, and it would only cover 50% and the deductible was insanely high. My husband filled it all out because he didn't want us to be without coverage. We searched around and found options for my daughter... View More

Christian K. Lassen
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Christian K. Lassen
answered on Apr 2, 2018

You can complain to the HR Department

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: Can I sue a hospital for getting mrsa?
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot
answered on Oct 31, 2015

More facts are needed, as well as a full discussion with an attorney who handles medical malpractice cases.

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