Los Angeles Hospital to Pay $125,000 to Settle Patient Dumping Lawsuit

Los Angeles Hospital to Pay $125,000 to Settle Patient Dumping LawsuitThe owner of a Los Angeles hospital has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a personal injury lawsuit brought by the city attorney, which claimed that the facility's workers forcibly dumped a woman with lung problems in a Skid Row homeless shelter.

The suit claimed that a woman in her 60s with chronic lung problems was discharged from Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center's campus in Inglewood in 2007 and placed in a temporary winter shelter, according to the Los Angeles Times. The hospital's owner has now agreed to pay $125,000 in civil fines and charitable donations and to abide by an injunction that prohibits it from discharging homeless patients onto the street or into certain shelters. In agreeing to the settlement, the hospital corporation reportedly did not admit any wrongdoing in the alleged patient dumping case.

The issue of patient dumping is not limited to California – according to the San Antonio Express News, a bill has recently been introduced into the Texas legislature that would penalize hospitals that engage in this practice.