When you enter a hospital for an emergency or a planned procedure, you expect that you will be safe. You rely on healthcare facilities to act dutifully in making your health and safety a priority by providing such necessities as medications, clean environments, sterile tools, and functioning equipment. Moreover, hospitals are responsible for hiring qualified staff with the proper credentials and training as well as ensuring that they are well staffed to meet the demands of properly caring for patients.
Proving Hospital Negligence
When it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits, your attorneys will take a comprehensive look at those who can be held responsible for negligence. Sometimes, we find that hospital negligence occurred.
Hospitals are responsible for the negligent acts of their employees including medical technicians, nurses, and even transporters. Hospitals can be held responsible for the negligence of a doctor in a malpractice case if the doctor was an employee of the hospital or was acting on behalf of the hospital. Furthermore, hospitals may be held liable for agents, apparent agents, and under the theory of non-delegable duties.
It’s important to note that most doctors are not employees of hospitals, but rather hired as contractors. In those cases, whether the hospital can be named as a negligent party in a medical malpractice case depends on the circumstances of both the relationship between the hospital and the doctor and the relationship between the hospital and the patient. It can sometimes be difficult to prove the relationship between the doctor and the hospital. Still, whether the doctor is a contractor or not, a hospital may be held liable if they knowingly allowed an incompetent doctor to practice in their facility.When investigating the factors that may point to hospital negligence, it is critical that an attorney be involved as soon as possible. A good medical malpractice attorney will hire an investigative team, expert witness and additional resources to properly investigate your claim.
Factors of Hospital Negligence
There are a myriad of ways that serious injury or death can occur as result of hospital negligence. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Surgical errors
- Slip and falls in common areas or patient rooms
- Misreading patient charts
- Not ordering the correct tests
- Medication errors
- Equipment failures
- Improperly documenting critical facts
- Ignoring serious symptoms
If you have been seriously injured or if a loved one died as a result of medical malpractice and you believe hospital negligence may be to blame, speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney. You may be able to file a claim to recover for economic and non-economic damages that you are entitled to as a result of healthcare negligence.