The family of a San Antonio woman has filed a federal lawsuit agaisnt the Methodist Hospital System, claiming the hospital violated the federal law which bars emergency rooms from turning away patients, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The lawsuit claims Raquel Wallace, who was an alcoholic, went to the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital ER in 2011 suffering from hallucinations.
The lawsuit claims that instead of providing her with medical care, the ER gave her Atavan, an anti-anxiety drug, and then hospital security guards put her in a cab and sernt her home. The lawsuit claims the cab driver took her back to the hosptial, fearing for her safety, but he hospital put her into another cab.
Along the way, Wallace says she jumped out of the cab, ran onto Interstate 10, and was hit by a Via bus. Espinoza was killed in the wreck.
The lawsuit says the hospital was required under the Emergency Medical Treatment Act to provide her with care at the ER.
A Methodist spokeswoman says the hospital system does not comment on pending litigation.