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Oct 27th, 2016 | Category: Habeas Corpus

Your loved one’s lawyer can file this Writ of Habeas Corpus (click here for PDF) with the court, demanding that the county provide him/her with appropriate medical care. Please note that the Writ must be customized for your loved one and filed by an attorney. This template for the Writ of Habeas Corpus was generously provided by the Austin based law offices of Keith Hampton. Any lawyer who needs more information, should email Mr. Hampton at hamplaw@swbell.net.

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Open Records Requests from Jails:

You can learn a lot about your rights to the public records in this video….Open Government Training: Open Records

All info about official acts is presumed public and you can request it, unless it is specifically protected.

Those of you having trouble getting records from counties may smile but the language and information could be helpful.

This San Antonio Current story in 2013 described how Bexar County Jail overcharged people. We had that experience when helping a family get information after their son died there; they informed us that the documents would require a huge amount of work and would cost us dearly. After getting advice from the Texas Civil Rights Project, we wrote a second letter to Bexar, pointing out the unfair charges and low and behold, the charges for documents went from $850 to $150. So don’t give up if you are told that it will cost a fortune to get your loved one’s records.

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Complaints to the Texas Medical Board

Go to this website for information on how to file a complaint: Complaints about a medical provider

The Board investigates complaints against physicians, physician assistants, acupuncturists and surgical assistants.

If you wish to complain to the Board, please do so in writing. Provide full name and practice address of practitioner. Also, provide dates and details of any incident, being as specific as possible. The Board will acknowledge receipt of your complaint. If your complaint is within the Board’s jurisdiction, it will be assigned for proper study. Complainants are advised of an investigation status approximately every 90 days until final action is taken.

To place a complaint:

Submit your complaint electronically via e-mail, or print this PDF form, fill it in and mail it in.

Or call the Complaint Hotline 1-800-201-9353 and follow the automated prompts to request a complaint form.

Some patients’ complaints do not fall within the Board’s jurisdiction and should be directed to the local medical or osteopathic society. Complaints against other health care providers (nurses, dentists, pharmacists) or hospitals should be forwarded to the appropriate state licensing authorities. It is important to understand that the legislature has defined only certain events as violations. While the Board cannot investigate any complaint that is not within its jurisdiction, all complaints received are read and evaluated.

For more information on the Texas Medical Board Enforcement Process, go to http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/page/enforcement.

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1 Comment
Giowanna Muhammad
3 years ago

I’m writing because my brother has been at the El Paso Jail Annex in El Paso Texas for almost four years and has not been to trial. He has serious medical issues that are not being taken seriously and his personal belongings are being taken from him (case papers, book, religious books) can you please help me in advocating for him. He needs a civil lawyer preferably pro bono. I live in NJ and can only do so much, can you help me please?