When a hospital has been negligent it can result in serious consequences for the victim and even death. It is important for victims of medical malpractice and their families to be familiar with when they may be able to sue a hospital and what they may be able to sue a hospital for.
Liability for hospital negligence
In certain situations, it may be possible to bring a claim for medical malpractice damages against a hospital for hospital negligence including:
- If the victim suffered an erroneous diagnosis or medical treatment from medical experts;
- If the victim received the wrong medications;
- If the victim suffers from mistakes made by medical technicians such as a failure to properly sanitize equipment;
- If the victim suffers from surgical errors such as wrong site surgery or objects left inside the victim;
- If the victim suffers from medical malpractice because the standard of care was not followed by the medical care professional;
- If the victim suffers from the negligent actions of a medical care professional;
- If the victim suffers because of the dangerous or negligent actions of hospital staff; or
- If the victim dies because of medical malpractice.
Hospitals can be liable for the negligent actions of their staff and medical care professionals in different circumstances. Hospitals are liable for the negligent medical care their employees provide. Negligent medical care is referred to as medical malpractice and victims may have a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim depending on if the medical malpractice resulted in a fatality.
Victims of hospital negligence have rights
Victims of medical malpractice, and their families, may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages and whatever harm they have suffered. It is important for victims who have been harmed by hospital negligence to be familiar with the legal protections available to help them during a difficult time.