What are my rights if I was taken to a hospital against my wishes and received treatment that I didn’t want?

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What are my rights if I was taken to a hospital against my wishes and received treatment that I didn’t want?

I had a seizure a couple days ago. When I awoke I was on a gurney being transported to the hospital. I told the paramedics I did not want to go but they insisted and left me there. They placed a oxygen mask on me and I reawoke at the hospital. I then told the doctor I wanted to leave and sign the AMA paperwork. He insisted that I stay because I had a seizure. Then he informed me that I would lose my licence because of the incident. Even though I never even gave him my name. Can I sue?

Asked on January 20, 2014 under Malpractice Law, California

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

No, unfortunately if you were to sue in this situation, you would not prevail.  You had a seizure. Your license will be automatically taken because you are a danger to yourself and others on the road or otherwise. So, you were taken to the hospital because of the seizure. You were able to be released on your own but you cannot sue for the licensing being taken.


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