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Failure to Admit: Medical Malpractice

Turning away someone who is in dire need of medical attention is an egregious act of medical malpractice. Often resulting in a delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose altogether, failure to admit can cause irreparable harm and aggravation of your injuries.

When a triage nurse, physician or other hospital staff denies you care, your condition can quickly worsen and cause injury or death that could have otherwise been prevented. Some of the most common reasons people are not admitted for medical care include:

  • Lack of health insurance
  • Physician fails to recognize a life-threatening condition
  • Physician dismisses or misinterprets your symptoms
  • Physician dismisses or misinterprets your test results

These actions may delay your treatment, causing brain damage or a heart attack, for example, which could have been prevented. Tragically, some instances of failure to admit can be fatal. Death can result if someone is turned away without receiving treatment for a life-threatening condition.

If your health has been adversely affected because you were not admitted for medical treatment, you may face increased medical bills, lost time from work, and physical and emotional pain. As the perpetrators of your worsened condition, negligent healthcare professionals ought to be held accountable.

If you have been injured as a result of a medical error like failure to admit in Pennsylvania, please contact the experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Lancaster at Atlee Hall, LLP to schedule a free initial consultation.