If my face was broken while I was in jail and the doctor never saw me, can I sue because the center refused to take me to the hospital?

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If my face was broken while I was in jail and the doctor never saw me, can I sue because the center refused to take me to the hospital?

I was finally I was bonded out so I could get medical help. My case is being dismissed.

Asked on May 19, 2014 under Personal Injury, Oklahoma

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If you suffered some additional injuries or cost due to the refusal to promptly take you for medical care--say, for example, that because you did not get immediately treatment, it will cost you more money in out-of-pocket (not paid by Medicare, Medicaid, or health insurance) medical costs to fix the damage, or you will have some lingering effects (like scarring) that you would not have had if you'd had prompt treatement--then you could potentially sue for those additional costs or suffering. But only for the additional cost or suffering, if any, caused by the delay; if not taking you had no real effect other than you maybe suffering additional pain for a few hours, then there's no point in suing; without signficant additional injuries or costs caused directly by the delay, you could not recover enough compensation to make a lawsuit worthwhile.


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