In December 2014, Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles allegedly discharged a homeless person in Echo Park without obtaining the patient’s consent to be transported somewhere other than a residence. Additionally, the hospital allegedly did not prepare a proper discharge plan which caused the patient to be discharged to a place where the patient’s health was endangered. The hospital agreed to a $450,000 settlement.
Per the settlement, the hospital will pay $450,000 for homeless recuperative care, civil penalties and costs. The City Attorney’s office stated, “Patient dumping is inhumane and must be stopped.” Good Samaritan has disputed the City Attorney’s allegations and has stated, “Rather than expend its limited resources on protracted litigation, Good Samaritan Hospital agreed to settle the dispute by making payments to L.A. City and L.A. County that the hospital hopes will be used to help address the homeless population needs, and to a community organization that is dedicated to helping homeless patient.” Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Beverly Community Hospital Association and Pacifica Hospital have previously settled patient dumping cases as well.
When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.
Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.