Woman Dies in Florida Hospital After Being Forced Out by Police
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 29, 2015 in Medical Malpractice
A 57-year-old woman died on Monday, Dec. 23 at a hospital outside Tallahassee, Fla. The woman was being treated for breathing problems when the doctors ordered her release, but she refused to leave, as she was still experiencing chest pain.
Shortly after, police arrived at Liberty Calhoun Hospital in Blountsville, Fla., arrested the woman on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing, and escorted her out of the building in handcuffs. On the way to the car, she collapsed and was carried back into the hospital.
Emergency medical staff were unable to revive her, and she was pronounced dead an hour later. The Florida state medical examiner declared the death was due to a blood clot in her lungs.
The family is pursuing litigation against the hospital and the police force. Several issues will be brought up, including why she was still complaining of pain after being discharged. They will mostly likely sue for medical malpractice and wrongful death due to hospital negligence.
Failure to Diagnose May Be a Factor
The doctors may have failed to diagnose her condition. There is also a question of why the police were called and how they handled her. Although she refused to leave, police are only called to remove patients when they threaten the safety of other patients. There is no indication this was a factor.
The woman was beloved by her community and family. She started a county youth organization in the early 1990’s and worked with people with disabilities until she was injured on the job. The injury may have contributed to her declining health.
If you or a loved one has suffered to due to hospital negligence or misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the medical malpractice lawyers at D’Amico & Pettinicchi today for a free case evaluation.
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