Santee, CA asked in Health Care Law, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California

Q: My 15 year old son went to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. He had cuts and other drugs in his body. Is this legal?

The hospital let him go and didn’t even get PERT or a social worker to talk to him.

2 Lawyer Answers
William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It's unclear what happened. You don't ask any questions about whether the person who supplied your son with drugs and alcohol might be responsible. You don't ask any questions about whether he has claims against others for the cuts on his body. Whether the hospital might be liable to someone for discharging them would depend on, among other things, whether he was damaged by the discharge, which you also don't mention. Further, if you want a social worker to talk to your 15 year old son, there is nothing preventing you from arranging it. It sounds like your son is involved in some dangerous behaviors. You might consider rehab and/or some family therapy to try to treat what appears to be a dysfunctional family relationship.

Theodore Allan Greene agrees with this answer

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
Answered
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

i assume he drank to much and that is how he got the alcohol poisoning?

i would have thought the med facility would have contacted you right away. Did that happen?

were the cuts from a fight before the hospital?

i also suspect you folks had no insurance and since hospitals want to make money they look for an excuse to not keep you overnight.

sounds like he may need some help.

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