EMS providers may find themselves responsible for minors, in situations they have been called to when there is no parent or guardian present or reachable.
Although it is easy to determine a legal definition of a minor, the responsibility to treat or release is a much more complex legal, ethical, social and public relations problem.
— EMS providers must strike a balance between abandoning the patient and forcing care.
There may be instances in which a minor appears mature enough to make an independent judgment, however legally, the minor is unable to make a decision.
The Mental Hygiene Law also addresses consent but for situations not usually within the scope of EMS.
Additionally in § 9.41 it permits peace and police officers to 'direct the removal of any person to a hospital who is conducting himself in such a manner which is likely to result in serious harm to himself or others'.
In some situations, a responsible adult (grandparent, aunt, brother, etc.) with the child can assist in the decisions making.
Careful assessment, decision making and documentation are key as is discussion and planning with other agencies.
Hello there I am here to just protect myself and understand laws better. "Did anything wrong", I'm uncertainly what "wrong" means. I want to know my rights and protect myself if she goes overboard or I do something wrong.
The situation is, this girlfriend of mine, she's sixteen going on seventeenth in two months. By the way, I'd love it if you prove a link that shows the law or whatsoever.
Most states do not refer specifically to statutory rape; instead they use designations such as sexual assault and sexual abuse to identify prohibited activity.
Regardless of the designation, these crimes are based on the premise that until a person reaches a certain age, he is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse.
Other governmental agencies, such as law enforcement, mental health or corrections, may have legal definitions for individuals under eighteen that describe specific rights or responsibilities.