This week, we’ve been discussing patient dumping – an abhorrent and illegal act of medical malpractice in which hospitals refuse to treat patients who they believe cannot afford medical help or who may incur large medical costs.
Let’s take a look at some of the recent patient-dumping medical malpractice settlements taken from the headlines from across the country in 2011:
- $50,000 settlement: Dallas County Hospital did not perform an EKG on a cardiac diabetic patient who came to the emergency room asking for an examination. The patient died of a heart attack.
- $48,000 settlement: A hospital allegedly failed to screen and stabilize a transfer patient who was diagnosed with abnormal hemoglobin and internal bleeding. He sat in the waiting room for seven hours and died in the ER.
- $42,500 settlement: Two different hospitals located on the same property failed to screen and treat a patient with a serious wrist laceration. The patient was finally sent to a third hospital without being stabilized.
- $50,000 settlement: A patient diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis by her family doctor waited in an ER waiting room for 8 hours without receiving treatment. When she finally traveled to a different hospital, she was diagnosed with DVT and pulmonary embolism.
- $170,000 settlement: A medical center failed to provide care to four different emergency room patients, including patients who suffered from brain hemorrhaging and spinal fractures.
Patient dumping is an extremely important matter—both on a legal and a moral level. If you or a family member was a victim of patient dumping in Texas, speak with a Dallas TX medical malpractice attorney at Rasansky Law Firm today. We can help you better understand your case and get you the compensation you deserve.