Is an emergency visit considered being hospitalized?

Recently I applied for a job and checked no to the question if I had been hospitalized in the last 5 years. I was told I should have said yes because I went to an emergency room and was there for an hour. Is this true?

Asked on May 21, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In the general sense of the word I think that being hospitalized means that you were admitted to the hospital, not that you went to the emergency room.  Many times people go to the emergency room because their regular doctors are closed (after hours).  I think you are fine.  If it comes up just explain it.  Good luck.

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