When people suffer an injury at a hospital, they can file a claim. To recover damages, they must prove that the doctor and staff treating them were negligent and that the hospital is responsible for their injury.
There are many medical errors doctors and medical staff can make that result in injuries to patients. Some of the most common mistakes are:
Although each mistake is unique, they are all forms of negligence. When patients are victims of a medical error, they must prove the doctor or medical staff was negligent to win a case against them. To prove negligence, the patient must show three things:
The hospital is responsible for the training and actions of the medical professionals they employ. Nurses and medical staff are typically employees of the hospital. Doctors, however, can either be employees or independent contractors. The hospital is not responsible for the actions of doctors who are independent contractors.
Filing a claim against a hospital is complicated. A hospital injury lawyer can help victims fight to recover damages for their injuries. They have extensive knowledge about medical malpractice and can help victims decide if they should file a claim against the hospital or the individual medical provider. Further, they understand the evidence the victim will need to prove that the medical error caused the injury.