Beeville, TX asked in Civil Litigation, Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Texas

Q: Can a hospital be held liable for patient dumping in Corpus Christi Texas

On April 1st 2022 I was thrown out of Christi Spohn Hospital Shoreline because I couldn't keep myself off of the floor while there because I was bleeding internally and also had damage to my back. My wife then rushed me to Bay Area where I was given 7 units of blood products and treated for a split artery in my stomach saving my life.

2 Lawyer Answers
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Yes, a hospital can be held liable for patient dumping in Corpus Christi, Texas.

You will need to prove that you presented yourself to the emergency department for care and that the emergency refused to conduct a medical screening and/or refused to stabilize your condition because of your inability to pay for such services.

Your attorney should carefully explore with you your statement "I couldn't keep myself off of the floor" to determine whether perceived misconduct--rather than your inability to pay for services--was the causative factor in the hospital's decision to have you removed from the emergency department.

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: I'm sorry for your ordeal. Yes, it's possible they can. But an attorney is going to want to conduct a thorough investigation to make that determination. Reach out to Texas attorneys and try to arrange a free initial consult. Good luck

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