July 12, 2014
Picking up from where 5 Facts to Know about Hospital Liability and Negligence (Pt. 1) left off, below is some additional important information regarding hospital liability and medical malpractice claims.
More Important Info about Hospital Liability…
Fact 2 – Hospitals may not be responsible for mistakes made by doctors who are “independent contractors.”
When a doctor or another medical professional is considered to be an “independent contractor,” this effectively means that the medical professional is NOT considered to be an employee of the hospital. This is important because if these medical professionals make mistakes that hurt patients – even if this occurs in a hospital setting – the hospital may not be held liable for compensating the malpractice victim.
It’s crucial, however, to point out that:
- Hospitals are usually required to inform patients regarding whether medical professionals are independent contractors prior to the patients receiving care.
- A hospital’s failure to inform patients of this could result in hospital liability in malpractice cases.
Fact 3 – Emergency rooms create unique issues for hospital liability.
Because emergency rooms are usually places where vital medical care needs to be delivered quickly, these settings can create some distinct issues when it comes to hospital liability and malpractice cases. For instance, it may not be possible for a patient to be informed that a medical professional is not a hospital employee prior to that individual receiving medical care (because, for instance, the person is not conscious or there is not time to disclose this information).
This could create a situation in which a hospital may later be held liable for a patient’s injuries if the medical professional commits any malpractice that hurts the patient – regardless of whether the professional was a hospital employee or an independent contractor.
Don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog!
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