Hospital Negligence Attorney
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When you administer yourself into the care of a hospital, you don’t expect to sustain a severe injury. Unfortunately, hospitals are also businesses who focus primarily on gaining profit instead of providing care for their patients. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control, hospital-related illnesses account for about 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths in the U.S. annually.
Common Hospital Mistakes:
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Diagnostic errors
- Failing to properly disinfect instruments and diagnostic tools
- Failing to properly disinfect rooms
- Inaccurate record keeping
- Incorrect medication distribution
- Patient mismanagement
Who’s Liable for a Hospital’s Negligence?
A hospital is responsible for any injuries to a patient while under the care of its staff members, which includes nurses, medical technicians, anesthesiologists or paramedics. Employees and associates have an obligation to uphold and maintain at all times while on the job.
Hospital liability is classified in three categories which include:
- Associates Liability – Individuals who provide services to patients on hospital premises are associates. However, they are employed by a private company. This includes private doctors who are given permission to treat patients, conduct diagnostic tests and perform surgery in the facility.
- Employee Liability – Employees are considered as those who work part-time or full-time for the hospital, whether on hospital grounds or they receive payment by the hospital. This includes doctors on staff, nurses, administrators, security guards, janitors and cafeteria workers.
- Hospital Error Liability – This regards mistakes made by those who oversee administration and policy, such as administrative staff, mid-level managers and chief executive officers.