Parents Have Limited Rights in Medical Emergency When Children Turn 18
ATLANTA, GA. – August 14, 2018 (fox5atlanta.com) In the event of a medical emergency involving an 18-year-old, parents might have limited rights. A financial advisor in Georgia is spreading awareness of this issue and encouraging parents to have their kids sign important documents that can avoid the situation.*
Even though they are still in high school and dependent on their parents, 18-year-old kids are adults in the eyes of the law. This changes the way medical providers will treat them and their parents in the event of a medical emergency. At 18 years of age, they are entitled to make their own medical decisions with medical privacy, and parents do not have the same unlimited access in the event of a medical emergency.
Brightworth financial advisor Lisa Brown is highlighting this dynamic, which is something most parents do not think about when their kids turn 18. “They are the ones responsible for getting themselves to the doctor each year and their medical checkup,” Brown said. “Or, heaven forbid, they need to get rushed to the hospital. Mom and Dad don’t have the same rights over their adult child as when they were a minor.”
This is why Brown encourages all parents to have their adult children create and sign three documents: a will, a durable power of attorney, and a health care power of attorney. These allow parents to make necessary decisions for their adult children if something tragic happens.
“This adult child needs to have a health care power of attorney form naming Mom or Dad or whomever as their health care agent, the person who can legally talk to the doctors or surgeons in the hospital to make medical decisions for their child,” Brown said.
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