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K.A.L. v. Southern Medical Business Services

854 So.2d 106 (2003)

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K.A.L. v. Southern Medical Business Services

Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama

854 So.2d 106 (2003)

Facts

K.A.L. (defendant) attempted suicide by hanging herself with a bedsheet. Jail employees found her, began resuscitating her, and admitted her comatose to Springhill Memorial Hospital. Hospital staff saved K.A.L.’s life, and she was released nine days later. K.A.L. did not pay for the medical services that she received at the hospital. The hospital’s assignee, Southern Medical Business Services (Southern Medical) (plaintiff) sued K.A.L. for payment. The trial court awarded Southern Medical damages of $21,562. K.A.L. appealed. On appeal, K.A.L. argued that she did not consent to the medical services she received, because she was unconscious. Additionally, K.A.L. argued that there was no evidence of an implied contract between her and the hospital.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Pittman, J.)

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