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Were my civil rights violated if the attending physician

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Were my civil rights violated if the attending physician stated my overdose was intentional when I had just told him I didn't mean to hurt myself. Physician put me on a 1013 hold anyways and transferred me to a psychiatric facility that is also owned by the same organization
Submitted: 1 month ago.
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Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 1 month ago.


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.

IF the physician and the facility did not follow proper procedures and did not have substantial evidence to support the determination that you were a threat to yourself or to others, then potentially yes your civil rights may have been violated and you may have been unlawfully restrained.

Under Georgia Law, when you are admitted to an emergency facility without your consent such admnission must be done on the basis of either:

1) A certificate issued by a physician, psychologist, clinical social worker, or clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry/mental health or 2) a court order supported by affidavits by at least two persons stating they believe you required involuntary treatment.

The facility is required to provide you written notice of your right to petition for a writ of habeas corpus or for a protective order. You are entitled to the assistance of an attorney, and an attorney will be appointed for you if you cannot afford one.

You are to be examined with 48 hours and may not be held longer than that without a hearing and a court order.

If these things did not occur then your civil rights may very well have been violated. The best thing for you to do is to contact local counsel to assess your situation to see if you have an action against the physician and/or the facility. You can find local counsel through the following link:

Here is a link to the law:

You may also file a complaint against the physician with the Georgia State Board of Medicine.

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