Q: Can I sue the hospital? In Iowa my husband of 6 years had an unexpected aortic aneurysm on the 28th of November 2016. I
Was made his POA while at the first hospital when he was still alert and aware. He was airlifted from Ne. To Trauma center in Iowa, rushed into immediate surgery, on COMPLETE life support with intubation,and no brain activity for 3 days.Upon my arrival back to the ICU on the 29th, I was met by 3 pt. Advocates whom escorted me out of his room into an office with security guard standing just outside the door, I was very confused and upset as they told me HE had changed the POA to his sister and mother and that I HAD to immediate leave hospital or bee arrested!! I was then REFUSED ANY INFORMATION on his condition. I suffered great depression, monetary loss and worst embarrassment. He finally was saved, and when extubated immediate asked for me. He stated very clearly that he DID NOT do such a thing. I was and Still am caring for him in ALL aspects of care,this is and always has been HIS WISHES. The women made a laughing stock of me and the embarrassment STILL continues.
A: Assuming it can be proven it may constitute an intentional tort. Contact a member of the Iowa Assn for Justice who handles hospital responsibiltiy cases--they give free consults.
You'll want a copy of your husbands records. Without saying why, just ask for the records on a disc. If they say do you want paper say no, you understand if they keep records electronically (which all hospitals pretty much have to since the ACA came into being), they have to give you a copy. Again, don't get into why you want them. Just say for his further care.
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