Doctors, surgeons, nurses, and all healthcare providers are required to adhere to the standards of care that is generally practiced in the medical community in treating patients. When they fail to meet this standard, they may be considered negligent and held liable for any damages and injuries suffered as the result of such failure.
Although many patients know that their doctors may be held liable for negligence, some are not aware that hospitals are also held to standards. Hospitals in fact are responsible for the negligence or incompetence of their employees, which commonly include:
Although hospitals are liable for the harm their employees cause, not every medical professional who works in a hospital is an employee. For example, many doctors who provide treatment at a hospital are not actually employees of the hospital; instead they may only have visiting or treatment privileges.
In a case of malpractice, it’s important to identify all those who may bear legal liability. Often, because of many treating physicians, nurses, and other staff, it may not be entirely clear at the outset of the case. It is our job to fully investigate potentially malpractice cases closely so that we can determine to the extent possible all those who may bear legal liability.
Find out more about whether you may have a case of medical malpractice based upon the injuries that you or a family member received. Schedule a free initial consultation with us, whereupon we can advise you as to the legal courses of action that may be possible in order to seek a recovery for your damages.
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