How Do I Know If I Have Been Negligently Discharged From the Hospital?
Occasionally, a doctor or hospital makes a decision to discharge a patient too early -- before you, the patient, is medically stable enough to go home. In situations where you need to be readmitted, the decision to discharge may amount to negligent discharge and medical malpractice.
Negligent discharge from hospital happens when your doctor deviates from the standard of care. If you are discharged prematurely, then that could constitute negligent discharge. You may have been negligently discharged if you experience one of the following conditions soon after you leave the hospital:
- Your condition worsens
- Your suffer an injury as a result of the condition for which you were hospitalized
- You are readmitted for the same condition only a short time later
What Should I Do or Not Do?
Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex pieces of litigation, requiring skill and attention to detail. Moreover, hospitals and doctors retain experienced defense attorneys adept at denying and delaying claims, even as you and your family may struggle to deal with lost wages and medical bills incurred as a result of a hospital’s and/or doctor’s negligence.
If you think you’re a victim of negligent discharge, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss the details of the case and explore your options. A dedicated attorney can sift through all the medical information and work with experts in the field to prove the patient’s doctors failed to exercise due caution when administering medical treatment.
What Are My Legal Rights?
Negligent discharge victims can receive compensation for various types of damages. Although each case is different, most claims seek to recover damages for:
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Funeral costs
Even though you may have been a victim of negligent discharge, recovering damages can be a long and difficult process. Hospital bills and lost wages are most commonly recovered, but other expenses and compensation often require expensive and time-consuming litigation.
Fortunately, the law allows victims to retain experienced and dedicated medical malpractice attorneys to represent their legal interests. If you think you have been the victim of wrongful discharge, please contact call Kelly Reed and her team or call 304-292-2020, to schedule a free consultation.