Emtala Case

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Summary of the Case

The case of Summers v Baptist Medical Center Arkadelphia is a good example of an EMTALA case in which the medical center failed to make a conduct a proper diagnosis of the patient.

In 1996, a citizen of Arkansas fell from a tree while hunting. Upon visiting the hospital, he was diagnosed for muscle spasm and was discharged. After two days, he went to another hospital because he was still complaining of pain. His visit to another hospital revealed that he was suffering from a sterna fracture, multiple rib fractures, multiple vertebral compression fractures, and bilateral hemopneumothoraces ...