Any time a patient is admitted to the hospital, doctors will need a proper
amount of time to monitor the patient. The goal ultimately being that
medical staff observed and recorded a period of time in which the patient
maintained stable vital signs.
Experienced Poughkeepsie medical malpractice attorneys know that some patients are discharged too soon. Cases have shown that
people have died when discharged too soon. Other patients survive, but
must be readmitted to the hospital. And others have their recovery time
extended because the early discharge slowed down the healing process.
With some patients, early discharges carry a greater risk of infection.
One type of discharge time restraint has applied to every person, including
you. This is the minimum amount of time that newborn infants must stay
in the hospital before going home for the first time. Normal, healthy
babies need 48 hours in the hospital so that doctors, nurses, social workers,
and the like can make sure the baby is eating, seeing, hearing, breathing,
and urinating properly. All of the basic vital signs are monitored. Once
a period of stability has been documented, the child may go home after
48 hours. However, if anything causes concern, the baby will require a
longer hospital stay. Discharging any earlier can be
The above standard is specific to every birth, but many other times such
a hard line rule might not exist. Discharge will be determined case by
case. Whether or not a patient was discharged to early in this context
will require the opinion of a medical expert. The expert will testify
as to the reasonableness of the discharge and will speak to whether or
not another medical professional in the same situation would have discharged
the patient as soon as the injured patient was discharged.
If another professional in the field would have waited longer to discharge
the patient, then the
offending doctor could be found negligent. Especially so if the patient’s vital signs were not checked or
stable. The claim would be for any and all injuries caused by the negligent
discharge. This will include any harm done by any delay in treatment or
any illness compounded by being deprived of hospital care during the discharged period.
One of the hardest parts of early hospital discharge
medical malpractice cases surrounds proving causation. The experienced medical malpractice attorney
will log numerous hours with experts in order to determine how the early
discharge caused the patient’s harm. Of course the defense will
attempt to show that the patient would not have been any better at the hospital.
Whatever the case may be, if you were wrongly discharged from the hospital
you can receive compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost
wages and lost earning capacity.
There more about the common and dangerous surgical errors and mistakes
which occur in medical malpractice cases from the latest article posted
on our law firm’s website available by clicking on the link here. Find out your rights and the liability where a health care provider performs
surgery on the wrong site in
our blog post available by clicking here. Procedures performed on the wrong patient are also a serious instance
of medical malpractice, and you can
learn more about liability in this post by clicking here. Medications and other prescriptions may also have been provided to the
wrong patient or mislabeled, which can also result in medical malpractice,
and it is
further detailed in our blog post available here.
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injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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