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Florida hospital sued for failing to transfer patient


Whether we want to admit it or not, hospitals are businesses that, while seeking to effectively and safely treat patients, try to make a profit. The standard of care provided by a medical institution and its business operations can be mutually exclusive to a certain extent, but sometimes it appears as if Florida patient health and safety is compromised in hopes of making more money.

This is what one Florida father has claimed in a lawsuit he has filed after the 2012 death of his 31-year-old daughter. According to the lawsuit, the daughter who suffered a heart attack and gone into a coma in the emergency room, was not shifted to the hospital's intensive care unit because there were no more beds. Additionally, the claim alleges that the hospital failed to transfer the woman to any nearby medical centers, which could adequately meet her medical needs. As a result, her father alleges that the woman died after four weeks in the hospital.

The woman's father is now levying multiple claims, including four claims of hospital negligence, against multiple parties. The father hopes to recover millions of dollars in damages as he alleges the hospital failed to transfer his daughter to another hospital because it would lead to lost profits. The deceased woman's family was hit with a $368,000 hospital bill after her death.

Medical malpractice should never occur. Tragically, it exists and sometimes in our own doctors' offices and hospitals. But, just because it exists does not mean that it is okay.

Those who have been injured or suffered, the loss of a loved one at the hands of a medical mistake should carefully consider their legal options. Justice and compensation may be on the table.

Source: Florida Today, "Father files lawsuit over daughter's death at Wuesthoff," Wayne T. Price, April 27, 2016

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