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Risk Management Guide: Treatment of Minors

If state laws do not specify the age of majority, the federal registry defines the age to be 18 years. With the exception of certain qualifying situations and treatment for specific medical conditions, medical offices in many states must obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian prior to treatment. Curi recommends referencing state-specific laws regarding age of majority before treating a minor. When can a minor make healthcare decisions? If a minor needs medical care and treatment AND they have legal power, they can consent. The following types of minors may make all healthcare decisions for themselves:
  • A juvenile who is emancipated by judicial action
  • A married juvenile
  • Any person who is currently serving in the armed forces of the…

Curi’s risk mitigation resources and guidance are offered for educational and informational purposes only. This information is not medical or legal advice, does not replace independent professional judgment, does not constitute an endorsement of any kind, should not be deemed authoritative, and does not establish a standard of care in clinical settings or in courts of law. If you need legal advice, you should consult your independent/corporate counsel. We have found that using risk mitigation efforts can reduce malpractice risk; however, we do not make any guarantees that following these risk recommendations will prevent a complaint, claim, or suit from occurring, or mitigate the outcome(s) associated with any of them.