When your doctor's negligence causes you injury, you shouldn't just set your eyes on the doctor when pursuing compensation. This is because even the hospital for which the doctor works may be liable for your damages. Here are some of the circumstances in which a hospital may be liable for medical malpractice damages in addition to or instead of the negligent medical professional:
The Hospital Is Unhygienic
Unhygienic conditions can easily lead to medical malpractice, especially for a hospital whose hygiene conditions fall much below that of industry standards. For example, you can easily develop an infection if you are placed in germ-infected bed after surgery. Hospitals are expected to keep their premises, especially the floors that handle patients directly, clean to minimize the spread of germs as much as possible. Therefore, if a hospital fails in doing this and you end up developing an infection as a result, you may be able to hold the hospitable responsible for your damages.
The Hospital Hired a Careless Doctor
Negligent hiring and retention is a legal principle that allows you to hold an employer liable for injuries caused by their negligent employee. The principle only holds true if the employer didn't exercise reasonable care when hiring and retaining an employee.
Consider an example in which s hospital hires a doctor who has a history of working while intoxicated and whose negligent acts has even led to a patient's death. If the doctor continues with their working-while-drunk habit at the new hospital, and the hospital doesn't do anything to curb the situation, then you can accuse the hospital of negligent hiring and retention. Doing so will allow you to hold the hospital liable for your medical malpractice injuries.
The Injury Occurred In the Emergency Room
In most cases, you will automatically be able to hold the hospital liable for your injuries if the doctor's negligent act occurred in the emergency room. This is because hospitals don't usually get the chance to inform all their ER patients that the doctors in the ER aren't the employees of the hospital. This is significant because, except for a few exceptions, you can only hold a hospital liable for a doctor's negligent act if the doctor is an employee (as opposed to an independent contractor) of the hospital.
Whether or not the hospital is responsible for your medical malpractice case, you should be able to hold someone responsible for your damages. A medical malpractice lawyer should be able to help you identify this person.Share