Is it legal to sign as a legal representative for someone in the er, who can't? Who can sign there?

Answer:   only a legally authorized representative can
Power Of Attorney
A legal document giving one person (called an "agent" or "attorney-in-fact") the power to act for another person (the principal). The agent can have broad legal authority or limited authority to make legal decisions about the principal's property and finance. The power of attorney is frequently used in the event of a principal's illness or disability, or when the principal can't be present to sign necessary legal documents for financial transactions
As long As the person gave you permission to sign for them
The legal guardian or spouse, or even a family member
not unless you have POA (power of attorney)...

no one can sign if the patient is in a coma, or unable to sign. lifesaving techniques will be performed, unless something is found (like in a wallet) that patient is a DNR (do not resuscitate).
Most places only if the person is comatose or in critical condition, unable to make a judgement for themselves and you are the parent or spouse or you have documented power of attorney.
yes, especially in an emergency situation.. remember to make sure the hospital has authorized people to sign for you in your records.. that Hippa Security thing is causing all sorts of problems for a lot of people.. cover yourself and your loved ones before a problem happens.
it is illigal for anyone to sign as someones legal representative unless you truelly are their legal representative.
The person has to give you permission to sign & it has to be wittness by another and also signed by whoever wittness the signing. I would have at least three persons wittness with there signatures.
If the person in ER can't sign for his/her own care, then the next of kin would be responsible to sign for the patient. If the patient has no family and is unconscious, the hospital will still treat that patient - stabilize - then get informed consent. People who are NOT next of kin would not be allowed to sign for the patient.
Only as a parent, legal gaurdian. But you assume responsibility for the bill if the patient isn't able to pay or doesn't have insurance. If the patient gives you permission, the bill (should) go to them.
Keep in mind, there can be a case of "I didn't give them permission, they signed it on thier own free will". Let the signer beware!
Patty, yes this is legal, but this person has to somehow be able to give written consent in some sort of way. so hopefully this person in which you are talking about is atleast coherent enough to sign at the dotted line, or atleast scribble on the line. I am not sure how legal it is when they aren't aware of whats going on around them. There's got to be some sort of line they must draw, in order to get this person's affairs in order. Especially if they are in critical condition and dont have a clue what's going on around them you know. Good Luck with this. If you absolutely have to, give some lawyers a "Jingle" and see if they know how you can go about things in order to be there "CareGiver" of sorts, you know. Just look on Yahoo's Yellow Pages to see about consoling with some Injury Attorney's if need be, you know. Good luck hun.Sorry to hear that you even have to go through something of this sort. My condolences to you & yours, hun..The Best of Luck to you.

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