Were you sent home too early from the hospital?
Even though visiting a hospital can be an uncomfortable experience, patients expect doctors to perform thorough health exams and only release patients when absolutely sure patients are healthy enough.. Unfortunately, doctors and hospitals sometimes discharge patients too early, putting the health and safety of the person at risk.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious medical injury after being sent home from a physician’s care, it could be because the hospital was negligent. At The Cochran Firm, D.C., our experienced medical malpractice lawyers work closely with an in house registered nurse and outside medical experts to determine if patients suffered harm due to a doctor’s error.
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Wrongful discharge from hospital
When patients leave the hospital, they should have the peace of mind knowing their doctor made a proper diagnosis based all of the patient’s symptoms and likely outcomes. However, not all doctors deliver treatment consistent with what another specialist in a similar situation would recommend, referred to as the standard of care.
Important elements of a wrongful discharge medical negligence claim:
- Doctor-patient relationship – Victims can only hold treating physicians responsible for negligence claims
- Duty – Physicians owe patients a duty to adhere to medically accepted standards of care
- Breach – Doctors violated the standard of care by sending home patients home
- Cause – The plaintiff’s medical condition worsened after discharge
- Damages – The injury must result in damages like medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering
Like other medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful discharge from hospital claims must prove the patient’s doctor acted negligently by deviating from the standard of care. Furthermore, the patient must prove his or her condition worsened and suffered injury as a result of the early discharge from the hospital.