Legal-Ease: Kids’ medical ID form not legally necessary but advisable

While it’s not legally necessary, many attorneys complete a basic information form for clients to let medical professionals know in emergency situations how to treat children. The document can inform doctors about unique medical conditions as well as any information they may need to know in an emergency situation.

Usually, these documents include each child’s full name and date of birth, parents’ and guardians’ names and contact information and other important information a medical professional would need to know about a child in case of an emergency.

Today’s families are busier than ever. Between sports, school events and other extracurricular activities, parents and their kids often find themselves in multiple different locations at the same time. Today’s mobile phone technology means that parents are seldom unable to be reached. However, if there is an emergency involving a child while the child’s parents are on an airplane or in church, having a parent’s phone number may not mean immediate contact.

Parents often ask me what they can do to ensure that their kids will be properly treated by doctors or medical technicians in an emergency involving their children.

Read more about medical ID forms for children in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Kids’ medical ID form not legally necessary but advisable

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Kids’ medical ID form not legally necessary but advisable,” by Lee R. Schroeder, February 3, 2018

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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