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My son was just taken by ambulance to a hospital in Pa while I am here in Florida. I need to know how my son is and understand that unless permission was given that I may have information that no one can give out such information. PROBLEM IS THAT MY SON AT THIS TIME IS IN A CATATONIC STATE AND DOES NOT EVEN KNOW HIS NAME, THE NAME OF HIS CHILDREN OR WHERE HE IS.QUESTION: HOW OR WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR INFORMATION SINCE IT IS OBVIOUS THAT HE CAN NOT EVEN COMMJUNICATE??
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Unfortunately, if your son is over 18 unless you have a valid durable power of attorney for your son's heath care you will likely meet with resistance from medical personnel regarding his medical information. HIPAA is a federal law and it does prevent the doctors or hospital from providing anyone other than his health care agent with his medical information.

 

I wish I could give you more encouraging news but you are going to run into a brick wall legally. You may find a nurse, doctor or other hospital staff that you can get to be sympathetic and provide you with information even if you are not entitled.

 

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