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  • Can a clinic refuse medical service if I do not list an emergency contact? Can I sue?

    I scheduled an annual exam at a planned parenthood in Delaware. On the registration form they ask for an emergency contact. I did not have anyone to list. When I returned the form the receptionist she told me that I was "required" to list an emer...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, if you were seen, you do not have legally compensable damages. Even if you were not seen, providers have the right to enact policies to determine how they operate. The way you were treated sounds ridiculous, but it does not appear illegal.

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  • Can I sue a company for not paying me correctly?

    I was told I would be paid $4000 for a porno with this company and would be paid $1000 for a masturbation video. I went and did the sex video, not the masturbation one, and only recieved $1500. When I asked about the other money, the man replied "...

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    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, find an employment attorney in the state in which you worked; you might have been an 'employee' instead of a contractor. Scumballs like the ones you worked for will continue to act the way they did until someone calls them on it. I suspect that this is a simple small claims court matter, but speak to a local attorney to determine how to proceed.

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  • How can I request the court have my ex wife pay me money she owes me for unpaid medical expenses for the kids?

    Last time we went to court, the judge told my ex wife she had 30 days to pay me back her half of the medical expenses that I have been paying for the kids that are not covered by insurance. She was also told she had 10 days from the time I provide...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is a child support question, not a health law question. I will change the practice area of your question to get the attention of the right Avvo attorneys.

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  • Does medical support include optional therapies?

    My ex-wife is asking me to split the cost of speech therapy and occupational therapy for a 3 year old. In my opinion, the child is fine. Am I required to reimburse her for half the cost of each session in addition to the ordered child/medical su...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is a child support question, not a health law question. I will change the practice area of your question to get the attention of the right Avvo attorneys. I suspect the answer likely lies in the language of the court's order regarding child support.

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  • Why can't I visit my intubated husband in the hospital? We're legally married and I'm next of kin.

    Why can't I visit? Husband was intubated & placed on life support 3 weeks ago for stage 4 alcohol withdraw syndrome I've been by his side while in the hospital for 8hrs daily & as of yesterday the hospital will no longer transfer me to his room to...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, what you describe is alarming - if your husband was a patient, and they are claiming he no longer is a patient, then there is a serious issue. You need to speak to someone higher up the chain than staff. If you do not get this cleared up in 24 hours, speak with a health care attorney ASAP, as there may be decisions being made without your knowledge that need to be addressed.

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  • Can a pennsylvania company legally rescind their offer of employment due to felony drug charges that are from 17 years ago

    I have been working for a company through a temporary service the company liked my job performance and I applied with that company I was under the impression that they would not hold my past against me up to seven years I have had prior drug charg...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, under PA law, an employer can only consider felony and misdemeanor convictions that relate to the job - not arrests. It sounds as if your employer may be intending to violate the law. If they take action on an arrest record, or a conviction record that is unrelated to your job (i.e. a drug usage conviction from 17 years ago when your job is as a mechanic) then speak with an employment attorney ASAP.

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  • Being let go after putting in two weeks notice.

    Like a responsible adult after a year and a half at my job I handed in my 2 weeks notice today. With today's pay I was to receive my bonus for last quarter. After handing in my notice they gave me my paycheck - without the bonus I worked for l...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, it may not be fair to terminate you early, but it is not illegal. Unless you have contract preventing such termination, they can act this way - it may be unprofessional, bad management, unfair and wrong, but not illegal. The employer cannot, however, fail to pay you for wages earned. If you earned the bonus, it is due and payable. If their policies require payout of vacation time upon your quitting, then they must pay it. Speak to an employment attorney to determine whether you have a claim worth pursuing. If you do, the claim will be for your lost wages under PA's Wage Payment and Collection Law, plus a 25% penalty (if over 30 days unpaid) and attorneys' fees.

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  • Can my doctor release my medical records to a lawyer, if he received a subpoena from that lawyer, without getting my consent?

    The subpoena was from a lawyer, not a judge. IF the answer is no, the doctor cannot do that because of Hippa laws...do I have any recourse?

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is a messy area of the law. Many health care providers do not provide these records automatically when a subpoena is received; I advise my health care clients only to do so when a "HIPAA-Qualified Protective Order" pursuant to is issued (see 45 CFR § 164.512). If you are a party to the lawsuit, have your attorney demand such an order. HIPAA does not prohibit discovery of your medical records, but does require that they be kept confidential, and the above-referenced order is how that occurs.

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  • Do I file for dissolution of our LLC before or after starting a suit against my business partner, who stole all of the LLC's $?

    I am a 50.!% manager/member of a Delaware LLC. My business partner and I got into a squabble and he closed all of our bank accounts and credit cards without my consent, effectively ensuring the imminent failure of our company, which just launched...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, what you describe is a mess, and possibly not worth the attorneys' fees in pursuing. You'll need to meet with a DE attorney who focuses his/her practice in corporate law and small business disputes. The partner you had cannot generally take all the money because they made most of the monetary contribution - depending on the amounts and the issues, you may have a right to 50.1% of that money. Speak immediately to an attorney, as pursuing the matter after waiting can become impossible.

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  • What recourse do I have for an egregious breach of patient confidentiality?

    A hospital disseminated volumes personal and confidential medical records despite the fact that my medical chart had extra layers of security in place to prevent this exact occurrence. I have already filed a complaint with the hospital and HIPPA. ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, the federal government may take enforcement action against the hospital for the HIPAA breach, depending on the facts. You, however, will not receive any compensation for your damages through this process - there is no private right to sue under HIPAA, and a government enforcement action will have no direct benefit for you (other than potentially requiring the hospital to provide you with credit monitoring). You should speak with a local attorney regarding your state's privacy laws and/or personal injury laws - you may have rights under state law to sue the hospital.

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