Valenzuela Law Firm, PA | Trial Attorney
Attorney Henry E. Valenzuela

EMTALA And How It Affects Emergency Rooms

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, or EMTALA, was created to protect citizens from being denied medical care in emergency rooms for inadequate insurance or finances. At the Valenzuela Law Firm, P.A., we emphasize the role this statute plays in many of the emergency room malpractice cases we accept. People have the right to receive emergency services. We strive to be of assistance to anyone who may need a lawyer to represent them in such matters.

Putting A Stop To Patient Dumping

Patient dumping refers to the refusal to see patients in an emergency room based on income or lack of insurance. The patients would possibly be left to fend for themselves or find another facility at which to seek treatment. In the meantime, some might fail to receive timely care. Such practices could result in worsened medical conditions or even death, depending on the specific circumstances. Our attorneys want to provide legal guidance on such matters to people in Florida who have experienced patient dumping.

Thorough Case Evaluations

When you come to our office for a consultation, we will go over the documentation of your emergency room visit. According to EMTALA, you deserve an appropriate screening to ensure that your health is stable enough to leave the property without medical care. In the event that you were not stable while at the ER, you should have been stabilized before being released or transferred to another facility by appropriate personnel.

We will consider the factors in your case before determining if our firm offers the services you need. For example, if you were denied screening or appropriate care or you were refused altogether, then we would strive to identify other details that could demonstrate violation of the EMTALA.

Make An Appointment

We assist individuals who require legal representation in matters of medical negligence. You are encouraged to ask questions. Consultations are most productive when all available documentation is brought to the appointment. Call 813-217-5613, or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation.