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This is a medical law question, if your doctor asks for a urine sample and he said you tested positive for illegal substances can he refuse to give you your normal prescriptions prescribed by him for pain?

Every physician is different but we have the obligation to “do no harm.” If your physician believes you are abusing drugs or narcotics, (s)he may elect to withhold future prescriptions of pain medication for your safety.

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I ripped up an old carpet in my basement and there were 9×9 tiles underneath. I Did not realize it at the time but the tiles contained 5.2 % asbestos. I had them tested after the fact. Anyway I removed the entire basement full of tiles. Many tiles popped up intact but there was some breakage. I did not notice significant dust. I am worried sick because my young kids were near where I was pulling up these tiles. What is the risk of me or a family member developing a disease from this level of exposure?

Asbestos is considered to be benign as long as the material is not friable. The United States EPA states that asbestos flooring in good condition is generally considered to be safe but the materials can become friable with age, or by sanding, grinding, or with demolition. You would need to consult an licensed contractor . . . → Read More: I ripped up an old carpet in my basement and there were 9×9 tiles underneath. I Did not realize it at the time but the tiles contained 5.2 % asbestos. I had them tested after the fact. Anyway I removed the entire basement full of tiles. Many tiles popped up intact but there was some breakage. I did not notice significant dust. I am worried sick because my young kids were near where I was pulling up these tiles. What is the risk of me or a family member developing a disease from this level of exposure?

My daughter, 16, had very bad abdominal pain for a week and we went to the hospital. The doctors there were didn’t do good medicine and I wanted to take my daughter and leave. They wouldn’t let her leave and kept her in the hospital for two days. Can I sue the hospital for not letting me sign the paper work to let her leave?

Each case is specific and generalizations are difficult to make. However, the legal rights of parents refusing medical care revolves around the concept of “life threatening” conditions and “life saving” care. Both of these terms can only be determined by a qualified medical professional and must be in accordance to the of standard and . . . → Read More: My daughter, 16, had very bad abdominal pain for a week and we went to the hospital. The doctors there were didn’t do good medicine and I wanted to take my daughter and leave. They wouldn’t let her leave and kept her in the hospital for two days. Can I sue the hospital for not letting me sign the paper work to let her leave?

I had an infection in my foot and had to stay at the hospital. The doctor at the hospital said my foot needed to be amputated so I had it done. My wife’s friend, who is a podiatrist told me my foot didn’t need to be amputated. Did the doctor commit medical malpractice when he amputated my foot?

Not necessarily. In order for you to establish that medical malpractice has occurred, it must be proven that the physician who amputated your foot deviated from the accepted standard of care. Just because your wife’s friend would not have amputated does not mean the physician deviated from the standard of care. To have . . . → Read More: I had an infection in my foot and had to stay at the hospital. The doctor at the hospital said my foot needed to be amputated so I had it done. My wife’s friend, who is a podiatrist told me my foot didn’t need to be amputated. Did the doctor commit medical malpractice when he amputated my foot?

Do all doctors accept medicare?

Not all doctors take medicaid or medicare and the law does not require doctors to accept them.  Doctors who opt out of medicare and medicaid cite reasons such as reimbursement being too low and the paperwork too much of a hassle.  If you have medicare and the doctor has opted out, medicare may pay for some . . . → Read More: Do all doctors accept medicare?