(Please note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this wrongful death case and its proceedings.)
It is also worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, U.C. Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Sutter, or any skilled nursing facility.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
The Emergency Medical Service Report of April 18, 2006, noted that Plaintiff David Brown
(“patient”) was ticketed by police at the airport while on his way to Los Angeles. The paramedics arrived while Mr. Brown was in the custody of airport police and he was belligerent, uncooperative, and possibly intoxicated. It appears that Mr. Brown did not have a medical complaint. However, the police just wanted to check [the] patient before arrest. Therefore, Mr. Brown was taken to the emergency room at RMC. For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.
On April 18, 2006, while the patient was in the emergency room, he was noted to be combative, uncooperative, and abusive. He was first seen by the emergency room physician, Dr. Owen Hill at approximately 1900 hours. Dr. Hal Smith noted ethanol intoxication as an impression, but the patient was allowed to leave the emergency department pursuant to his request because he refused a physical examination.
After being in the emergency room for approximately one hour, the patient left against medical advice, but refused to sign the form indicating that he was leaving against medical advice. Dr. Smith noted that the patient was awake, alert, fully oriented and ambulatory at the time of discharge. Mr. Brown was not booked by the police and was transferred to his residence.
Shortly after being transported to his residence, plaintiff decided to drive to Los Angeles. En route, he was detained by the metropolitan police and transported to Universal Medical Center where he was apparently admitted and transfused five units of blood. Plaintiff also left this hospital against medical advice. (See Part 3 of 5.)
For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.