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This is an unfortunate situation,
at this point the hospital will try to protect themselves and follow the medical power of attorney given to the mother, as you have no legal relationship, however you can go to Court and apply for guardianship, by doing this
you can have a Court officer investigate the matter, and force the Hospital to allow you access and the Court can even appoint you guardian of him, so you can handle his medical issues.
You can look at the link above to provide you the way to file the petition in OH,
it is important for you to obtain legal rights to take care of him.
Another thing that I'm unsure of how to handle regarding this matter is that he and I reside in MI but he formerly lived in Ohio and worked there. She filed for Medicaid and medicare on his behalf in the state of Ohio and told me not to say that he was living with me in MI. So, would I go to the courts in Ohio or in MI?
You would need to file in MI, as that is the place of residence, it should have no bearing on his federal benefits,
The Court only has rights over its own residents,
And if I don't do this...even though he is able to communicate his wishes and is not cognitively impaired, the hospital can keep me from seeing him just based on what her own personal wishes are?
If you do not do this, it will be difficult until he can verbally communicate his desires, the problem is that the only way to force the hospital to take action would be a lawsuit, if he can use a chart now, and his mother is not following his wishes, you can also go to the Court and have her removed for not allowing him to see you.
Ok. Thank you.
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