Maumelle, AR asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Arkansas

Q: Can I sue a hospital if I was left alone, unable to walk and I hit my head and pass out. Now I have a concussion

I went to the er for an allergic reaction, the toke me straight to the waiting room. I asked one of the workers if she could take me to the restroom. She had to help me to the toilet because I was barely able to walk. She then leaves me alone in the bathroom. I get up to pull my pants up and next thing I know I'm waking up on the ground. I then get up and go to the waiting room, tell her what happened and she refused to help me. She then yellz at me and says, "I can't do anything about that! You need to go sit back down!" She could clearly see the humongous knot on my head. So I tell her I want her to take my iv out and that I wanted to go home and she told me to "get the f*** out of her area and leave her alone"

2 Lawyer Answers

A: It is difficult to know if the injury portion fell below the standard of care. Given you were in the bathroom, most people want privacy, so it might have been OK to leave you there. The other issue is damages, and all you suffered was a concussion, to which you may not have any permanent damages to make it worth going after the hospital.

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A: This scenario has taken place at many medical facilities. There may be a case or claim to pursue. Malpractice cases are quite time consuming and expensive. Certainly, if mistakes were made then one would think that there is a right to compensation; however, the analysis and evaluation go much deeper than the initial look at the mistakes made. Contact a local attorney to discuss a potential case or claim and get a better understanding of the process, the strengths of the potential case, and the weaknesses of the potential case. Good luck.

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