Inappropriate Discharge from Hospital
All medical professionals, including GPs and Doctors, have a duty of care towards their patients. This care not only includes providing correct diagnoses of symptoms and undertaking any necessary treatments, but also ensuring conditions for aftercare will aid their recovery.
If they decide to send a patient home then they must be confident that this is a reasonable decision. If, for example, a patient is clearly not fit to be sent home and as a result the patient’s health deteriorates significantly, the hospital may be liable for damages. Sending a patient home early from hospital can happen for a number of reasons, such as the belief that the patient would recover better in more familiar surroundings or freeing up beds for patients who seem to require them more urgently.
Sending a patient home early is not uncommon. Stats from 2013 showed that approximately 650,000 elderly patients were readmitted to hospital within 28 days of inappropriate discharge.
If you believe you or a family member has been incorrectly sent home from hospital which has led to a deterioration in their health, Liddy’s Solicitors can help.
Our experienced clinical negligence solicitors understand that this can be incredibly difficult to go though and thus work hard to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
If you would like to know more about how we can claim for inappropriate discharge from hospital, please contact our Barnsley office on 01226 731 314, our Wakefield office on 01924 780 753, or contact us here.