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I'm terribly confused. I went on a cruise with a friend. One

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I'm terribly confused. I went on a cruise with a friend. One morning I went into port by myself. Thirty minutes after I was back on board I was paged to the Medical Center. My friend was there, not unconscious, but incoherent with very blurred speech. The doctors asked me questions, I answer honestly. They asked for his meds & passport and said they were going to take him to a hospital in port. The long of the short of it is that by the time I did all that they asked me to do, I got back to the Med Ctr and he was awake and furious, claiming that the doctors were incompetent and that I had something to do with it. He now is telling me that he got a $4k bill on his credit card for medical services and it's my fault based on "doctors notes". He says "my attorney is prepared to drag you through the mud and the deep derails unless you pay me back". Am I in trouble? Can he do that?
JA: What state is this in? And when did the issue begin?
Customer: We were in Grand Caymen at the time. We live in TX. It happened the afternoon of Thursday, 09/29/16.
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: All I've seen is the email he sent this morning.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No, I don't think so.

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Did you "authorize" any treatment on your friend's behalf? Or did the medical staff simply do whatever they thought was mandatory, and all you did was answer a few questions and fetch their passport and information?

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No, I didn't authorize anything, nor sign anything to that effect. As far as I would tell the medical staff simply did what they thought was necessary and I just answered their questions and did what they asked me to do.

Thank you. Then either your friend is misinformed, or, they are bluffing. Someone in your situation did not DO anything, or SPEAK ON THEIR BEHALF while they lacked capacity without a proper power of attorney.

Assuming that this is confirmed in a court of law (should they be silly enough to sue), there should be no liability.

One may wish to remind your friend that Texas allows sanctions to be field against a party that files a malicious and meritless lawsuit. See here:

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you, ***** *****
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