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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: Can I sue the hospital for medical negligence due to the sudden death of my mother-in-law who had Covid -19?

My 70-year-old mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly earlier this year after being admitted to our local hospital twice within a week. At the time of her passing, she was suffering from COPD, had a heart stent, was on long-term opioid for more than 30 years among other health problems. In the last... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 9, 2022

This is something a Florida attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for four weeks. I'm very sorry for your family's loss and the ordeal your mother-in-law went through. As a general observation, the matter could have elements that make for a difficult case. Hospital... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Health Care Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for A Jobs HR try to obtain personal doctor records for an employee?

Back in January of 2022 I got extremely sick from Covid. Which I got tested and I had a note from a doctor stating I can’t return until further notice. I wasn’t able to obtain my test results until almost a week later. When I called to get my results they told me they weren’t ready. HR had... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 28, 2022

Your employer is only allowed to know that your doctor is treating you, what restrictions you have, and what reasonable accommodations would address your condition. Your employer is not allowed to know anything else about your medical conditions or history, including your diagnosis, symptoms or... Read more »

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.... Read 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... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: Unfortunately my spouse passed of Covid in January of 2021. I am not on the home loan.

Mortgage company will not assist me. At this point I am afraid that I am going to lose our home. I don't have the means to pay for an attorney. I want to know my rights as a surviving spouse in Florida? Thanks in advance.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Apr 18, 2022

As a surviving spouse you have a legal ownership interest in the real property (house). However, you are also financially responsible for the house. If your spouse was the only person on the loan (mortgage) then you will need to refinance in your own name moving forward. Because the lender was only... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: I need to know who to contact about being fired for getting covid 19
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 18, 2022

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Who could you contact? You could reach out to an employment attorney on the termination issue. You could also reach out to a workers' comp attorney to discuss your job functions and how you contracted the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Did not get my hours back after having Covid, they actually denied me hours and have taken my access to employee logins.

Told me I needed to talk to Gm “he was out of town “. I called office more than once they couldn’t put me back on the schedule until he said. I’m a server so we can cover shifts I put in for a few and they were denied by management. I have screenshots of the reasons stating “no reason... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Mar 12, 2022

If it can be established that you lost hours or even your job because you contracted Covid-19 and needed to quarantine and heal, then you likely would have a case for violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act, and probably wrongful adverse employment action in violation of public policy.... Read more »

Q: I am pregnant and my employer tells me I must take a covid-19 booster to keep my employment. Recommendation options?

I voluntarily took the vaccine last year before my pregnancy. Now that I am pregnant I do NOT feel safe taking any booster shots. There is no guarantee or evidence that can prove my unborn child will be safe from it and that my child won't have any health or medical complications from it now... Read more »

Maya L. Serkova
Maya L. Serkova answered on Feb 8, 2022

If you have a closely held religious belief that prevents you from taking the vaccine, you will need to present that information to your employer. But keep in mind whether you claim a medical or religious exemption, the accommodation is still not automatic. The employer should try to accommodate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Washington on
Q: What can I do to get my son, 12, vaccinated for covid? His mother is anti-vax & thinks covid is a hoax & she refuses.

She is the custodial parent but we have 50/50 say regarding major medical decisions. She has stopped me twice now (during my visitation) by contacting every pharmacy in our rural area and complained saying she doesn't consent and now no one will give my son the vaccine stating they dont want... Read more »

Zachary C Ashby
Zachary C Ashby answered on Feb 3, 2022

When two parents disagree about medical decisions, the first step is always to follow the alternate dispute resolution provisions of your parenting plan. This can be mediation, arbitration or counseling.

After you have gone through that process, you would be able to directly to the Court....
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Does COVID-19 give ex the right to with hold makeup parenting time?

We have a parenting agreement that states any/all parenting time missed has to be made up within 90 days. Ex is claiming due to child having COVID-19 (which was the cause of missing the time) she does not have to comply with the order to make up this time. The courts told me there is no current... Read more »

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento answered on Feb 1, 2022

No, your ex cannot refuse makeup time with the child. There is a court order in place that directs any missed time to be made up within 90 days regardless of the cause of the childing missing the parenting time, it needs to be made up within the 90 days. If your ex does not comply with the make up... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: My employer is requiring everyone gets vaccinated against COVID but I recently heard SCOTUS denied President Biden's

Vaccine mandate. Based on this, can my employer still require my vaccination or weekly testing,?

Lisa I. Fried-Grodin
Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on Jan 16, 2022

Yes. Employers in NJ are allowed to require employees to get vaccinated as a condition of employment regardless of how the Supreme Court ruled in the OSHA case. They are required to make exceptions for those who can't get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Many health care employers... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is this legal?

I recently hired a small cleaning service to deep clean my home and paid a $213 deposit. No contract was signed. The Monday prior to my Thursday appointment my family tested positive for covid. I contacted the business immediately. The owner has said that since she can’t find another appointment... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jan 6, 2022

Is it illegal as in the cleaning service can be charged with a crime? No. It's a dispute over the terms of a verbal contract. You say you were never told the deposit was non refundable. They say you were. With nothing in writing, this is a "he said, she said" situation with no... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Can my job force me to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

I am a remote worker based out of Tampa, Fl. I am assigned to a medical center in Barre, MA. I am actively trying to become pregnant and there is not enough data on how COVID can affect my pregnancy or child. Not to mention long term affects of the vaccine itself. As a healthy 30 year old female... Read more »

Jay P. Lechner Esq.
Jay P. Lechner Esq. answered on Nov 18, 2021

To clarify the previous responses, the Florida legislature has passed a bill that will prohibit a private employer from imposing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for any full-time, part-time, or contract employee without providing individual exemptions that allow an employee to opt out on the basis... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: Do I need permission from my ex-wife to get my kids covid tested.

I have 50/50 joint custody and my ex is anti-vax and anti covid-19 testing. I want to take my kids to a convention this weekend that requires testing and so I ran it by the kids first, with the intent to ask her after I talked to them. One of the kids told her before I had a chance and now... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 19, 2021

Is there a court order or judgment in place awarding one of you sole residential custody, or sole or final say in major medical decisions, or do you have shared custody or to you share those decisions equally? Is there a custody agreement in place that addresses the issue? You need to review your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: We are renting a house in Medford. Is our landlord required to mask before entering. We have at risk people. Thank you

Any law to point to or information that helps would be great. We are fine with them entering to inspect but we want to be safe.

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Oct 15, 2021

I know of no law that requires a landlord to wear a mask while entering your home. That said, you absolutely have a right to require him and all with him to do so as a condition of entry during Covid times. I do not believe any Judge would consider that to be unreasonable and as Ms. Goodman... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: I received an email from my workplace regarding my religious exemption from the COVID 19 vaccine. I need advice

I literally received an email from my employer asking me to provide more info about my religious exemption and was told that I must respond within 3 calendar days and included a series of questions that I have to answer regarding my religious affiliation

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson answered on Oct 14, 2021

Your employer is within their rights to follow up on your request for a religious exemption to verify that it is a truly held religious belief. You should comply with their request for more information if you wish for them to grant you an exemption to their requirement for the Covid-19 vaccine.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Oregon on
Q: If I stayed at a persons rental a month after they had covid and then I got sick with covid is the owner liable
Gabriel A Watson
Gabriel A Watson answered on Oct 11, 2021

I agree with what others have answered to this question. It is very unlikely that you have a claim against the renter or that most ethical attorneys would be willing to pursue such a claim. This doesn't mean there is no chance whatsoever that your stay at the rental caused your COVID, but from... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can A landlord evict before lease is up, and refuse to cooperate with Rent relief?

I have a valid lease ending May 2022 in Virginia

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Sep 28, 2021

Generally in Virginia, when a tenant has not paid rent on the date it is due (you admitted you are behind in the rent) the landlord has the right to file an Unlawful Detainer and ask the Court to award (by Court Order) the Landlord possession of the premises and then for the right of the Landlord... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: My father is in ICU in Orlando FL due to covid. He has been in ICU and on a ventilator since 8/28. He has a DNR, but n

But no living will or advance directive. They took him off sedation 3 days ago, and have called us to tell us he has lesions on his brain and that they “believe” he’s brain dead. But when asked the doctor cannot say for certain he sees brain damage. Today is Sunday 9/26. They want us to agree... Read more »

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on Sep 27, 2021

It depends on whether your father designated health care surrogate or proxy. If he did not, the law provides a pecking order of person to make decision on his behalf. The first on the order is court appointed person, followed by the spouse. If you have reason to believe that your step mother is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My daughter's father has tested positive for covid. Our daughter and myself have both tested negative.

She was/is with him for his time according to our shared parenting plan. He is refusing to allow me to pick up our daughter. Can I take her against his wishes and can I refuse visitation with him due to his positive covid result (

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Sep 26, 2021

Generally, the Courts are not requiring parents to relinquish parenting time due to a positive COVID test. Has your daughter been vaccinated or is she too young? Does she have any health conditions? Is he wearing a mask, having her do so, and keeping distance?

You might see if her...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Sep 24, 2021

You have not really asked a question that can be answered. This Q&A board is not the place to solicit attorneys to work for you.

It sounds to me like you need to locate and consult with an employer-side attorney.

Generally speaking the employer of an at will employee can...
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