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Patient dies in hospital waiting room

When somebody goes to the hospital for treatment, they expect to be treated appropriately from the time they arrive. This holds true regardless of the size or location of the hospital.

Our Illinois readers, just the same as those in other parts of the country, realize they may have to visit a hospital at some point. A 30-year-old man in New York did not receive the treatment he was looking for, but instead died in the waiting room after waiting many hours to be examined by a doctor.

The man visited St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx at approximately 10 p.m. with a rash. He was found dead by a security guard the next morning at 6:40 a.m.

According to reports, the man's family was notified by the hospital of his death, but they did not initially share any information with them regarding what happened. Instead, they found out later through the media that he passed away in the waiting room.

A hospital spokesman has noted that an internal review turned up no misconduct, noting that the appropriate guidelines were followed. At this time, the New York State Department of Health is investigating the man's death.

When somebody goes to the hospital because they are feeling ill, they hope to be treated as soon as possible. In this case, a man was never seen by a doctor and was found dead after several hours of waiting.

In the event that a loved one passes on in such a manner, consulting with a wrongful death or medical malpractice attorney is within the rights of the family.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Man dies in New York hospital waiting room, found hours later" Michelle E. Shaw, Jan. 27, 2014

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