Henrico, VA asked in Health Care Law and Personal Injury for North Carolina

Q: Can I sue a hospital for abuse of patient family?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
Answered
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Telling you that you can not come in is not 'abuse' and if she is your girlfriend - you are not 'family'. Even if you were family - the hospital likely has a right to exclude you if they deem it prudent (especially now due to the virus situation). They very likely told you more than once to leave and you apparently did not. While why you did not is understandable, you now have to deal with the consequences of your decision to not do what they told you to do. You do not say if you were actually charged with trespass. Hopefully law enforcement sent you away with a warning but if you were charged, you need to consult with a local attorney ASAP. The attorney can review your situation in more detail and advise you if you have any potential civil case against the hospital but based on your description here I would say you do not have a case against the hospital and should count yourself lucky if you don't get convicted of trespass. Best of luck.

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