A coma, or a state of unconsciousness caused by injury or illness, can last for a short time or forever. In most states, adults have the right to manage their own affairs including health care decisions unless they are incapacitated. A coma renders a person incapacitated since they cannot understand their situation nor communicate their needs to others. However, a court of law must make the legal decision that a person can no longer manage his or her affairs and determine someone legally incapacitated, at which time a guardian is appointed.
Legal guardianship is important for making tough decisions on behalf of the patient, like advance directives, DNR, financial issues including loss of income, medical bills and insurance claims, advocacy for care, and any legal implications resulting from the initial accident or cause of the coma.
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