New York City Hospital Negligence Lawyer
Hospitals Are Responsible for Employee Negligence
If you are harmed by a doctor, can you sue the hospital for negligence? Hospitals are responsible for the actions of their employees. If one of those employees directly causes or contributes to the harm of a patient, the hospital can be held responsible as well. The waters can be muddied when the doctor who caused the harm is not actually a hospital employee.
An experienced New York City medical malpractice attorney must evaluate the situation to determine if the doctor had an employee-employer relationship to the facility. If they did, then the plaintiff could hold the hospital responsible for negligence as well.
Suing a Hospital in Emergency Care Cases
The ability to sue a hospital can also apply in emergency room cases. For example, in December 2015, a plaintiff was allowed to sue the doctor and the hospital for failure to warn. In this case, opioid medication was administered to a patient. Less than two hours later, that patient caused an auto accident. The victim of that auto accident sued the driver’s emergency room doctor and the hospital for failing to warn the patient that the medication would impair her driving ability.
Examples of Hospital Negligence
There are a variety of reasons a hospital can be held liable for negligence. This is not an exhaustive list, but some examples include:
- A hospital’s hiring negligence (hiring an employee without the proper training, certification, or licenses)
- Understaffing a hospital, so that hospital employees are asked to do more than in reasonable while still maintaining the standard of care
- Losing or mixing up patient records
Getting the Compensation You Deserve
Anyone harmed by the negligence of their doctor or hospital should speak with a New York City medical malpractice lawyer about their right to file a claim. These cases are extremely complex, and are best evaluated by an attorney experienced in that field. If you are wondering whether you can sue your hospital for negligence that led to your injury, we invite you to call us for a free consultation today! You don’t pay unless we win your case.
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