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My son 28 was arrested at home then admitted to a hospital

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My son 28 was arrested at home then admitted to a hospital with a collapse lung. When I called when he was in the emergency room the nurse asked him because of hipaa laws could she answer my questions. He said yes. I was told a cat scan showed fluid on his lungs and his lung had collapsed. They put a tube in his lung and he was stable. I called eight hours later to inquire about is progress and suddenly he lost his right to allow me to stay informed about his status because an officer decided I am not allowed to know anything because he is a ward of the state. My son already gave verbal permission prior so it's the officer who is denying me a simple update of his condition. I didn't ask to speak to him nor to visit. I asked only his health status. Fair, Good, Critical. The officer refuses to allow the hospital staff to tell the answer to that one simple question. He hasn't been arraigned nor found guilty therefore how can his hipaa rights for his next of kin to know what his health condition is be stripped from him? No one on the hospital staff of police force can direct me to the Ohio revised code that makes it legal to keep his health status from me his mother, next of kin whom he gave permission to release said information. If this is legal could you direct me to the policy that permits this and if it isn't legal the policy that supports that so I can fax it to Risk Management at the hospital?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 9 months ago.

Hello,

Thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

This is classic over reaching by law enforcement authorities to isolate your son in the hopes that they can manipulate him into making a confession. Your son needs legal counsel IMMEDIATELY. He very likely has been persuaded by law enforcement that that is not necessary and makes him look guilty.

I am aware of NO law that allows law enforcement to direct or dictate an individuals HIPPA rights. The law allows correctional facilities to be educated as to the over all medical condition of a prisoner in their charge. It does not allow law enforcement to dictate who the patient authorizes to obtain this information.

It is also suspicious behavior on the part of law enforcement because we do not know how your son was injured.

I am sure that costs are an issue, but please contact your son's attorney, or arrange for your son's attorney so that his legal rights and his health can be protected. It is vital to his civil rights that you do so.

See this article for a detailed discussion on this issue:

https://www.law.uh.edu/healthlaw/perspectives/Privacy/030128HIPAAs.pdf

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