July 6, 2014
When medical professionals make mistakes in hospital settings, the hospital itself may have some liability in the incident and, as a result, may:
- Be named as a defendant in a malpractice lawsuit
- Be ordered to compensate the malpractice victim for his losses and injuries.
Knowing when malpractice victims can sue hospitals, as well as the negligent doctors and/or nurses specifically responsible for the malpractice incident, is crucial, as it can lead to victims obtaining far greater settlements, as well as to hospitals taking measures to ensuring that other patients are not similarly harmed in the future.
In this three-part blog, we will take a closer look at some important facts to know about hospital liability in medical malpractice cases. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of malpractice in a hospital (or in any setting), you are encouraged to receive a free case evaluation from the Denver hospital liability lawyers at Cristiano Law, LLC.
What You Need to Know about Hospital Liability….
Fact 1 – Employee negligence can result in hospital liability.
When employees of hospitals are the people whose negligence has caused a person to be injured, the hospital will typically be considered to be liable in these cases. This is due to a legal doctrine known as respondeat superior (among other factors). Translated from Latin, this means “let the master or superior answer.” In other words, due to this doctrine, the idea is that, when a hospital employee’s negligence or incompetence injures or harms a person, the hospital can be on the hook for compensating the injured person.
Examples of employees who can generate hospital liability include (but are not necessarily limited to):
It may not always be clear when a medical professional is a hospital employee, however; therefore, make sure to consult with an experienced attorney when you believe that you have been the victim of medical malpractice in a hospital setting.
Check out the additional parts of this blog to come for some more important information regarding hospital liability and malpractice claims.
Denver Hospital Liability Lawyers at Cristiano Law, LLC
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