On Dec. 21, 2015, Barbara Dawson, 57, went to the Emergency Department of Liberty Calhoun Hospital in Blountstown, Florida, complaining of difficulty breathing and abdominal pain. Doctors at the hospital assessed and treated Mrs. Dawson and then told her to go home. When she refused, still complaining that she could not breathe, hospital staff called the police to have her forcibly removed.
Mrs. Dawson was handcuffed, arrested and escorted to a police car, where she subsequently collapsed. Eighteen minutes later she was readmitted to the Emergency Department, but by then it was too late. Mrs. Dawson was dead. Her husband’s attorneys, aided by dashcam footage from the police car, have accused the hospital and its physicians of negligence and filed a medical malpractice claim for an undisclosed amount.
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