I am licensed in TN, but do not actively practice there and can offer you only general advice. Call Sid Gilreath in Knoxville if you are looking for specific advice. An emergency room cannot deny care for emergent life threatening conditions. There is a Federal Act called EMTALA that applies to certain cases. However, an ER provider has the right to deny routine care to patients because they are not equipped to handle providing either primary medicine care or psychiatric care. Having said that, if you were in a psychiatric crises you may have a claim. I think the determination that may need to be made is whether you suffered damages flowing from any refusal to provide necessary care.
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