In Estate of Zani v. New York City Health & Hosps. Corp., the New York Appellate Division addressed the issue of whether a hospital can be held liable for injuries sustained by a patient who leaves the hospital against medical advice. The case is significant because it clarifies the extent of a hospital’s duty to its patients and provides guidance on the circumstances under which a hospital can be held liable for injuries sustained by a patient. This blog post will provide an overview of the factual background, holding, and discussion of the case, before concluding with an analysis of its implications for hospital liability.
The plaintiff in Zani was the estate of a man who had been admitted to the hospital for treatment of alcohol withdrawal. The plaintiff alleged that the hospital was negligent in allowing the decedent to leave the hospital against medical advice and without proper precautions.