Injuries happen every day, and in the United States we can be so thankful
to know that if a loved one is hurt or ill, they will receive care and
treatment when inside a hospital or doctor’s office. What if that
is not always the case? More and more every day, stories are being shared
of the horrors that patients are experiencing when inside a care facility
of some sort, and this is clearly not acceptable.
negligence is a form of medical malpractice by which a patient is not receiving the
adequate treatment or care during their stay. To define negligence within
a medical setting, it would include any form of abuse towards a patient,
such as physical or sexual. Negligence also includes not paying attention
to the patient or tracking their vitals, patient cleanliness when the
individual is unable to do so on their own, or a patient is somehow hurt
by the care person’s incompetence. Doctors, nurses, surgeons, paramedics,
etc., can be liable for this type of abuse.
The question remains, when can a person file a lawsuit against the hospital
for negligence? Every hospital is responsible for the care and treatment
of their patients, and if there is any event in which this does not occur,
a window is opened to file a lawsuit. Hospitals are then susceptible to
lawsuits because they are responsible for each employee’s action,
and if it is in any way unethical, the hospital can be held accountable
as well as the employee for their acts. If an employee is doing anything
that is related to their job or current responsibilities within the care
facility, and a patient is injured in any way, a lawsuit can be filed.
In the event that medical malpractice is committed by an employee under
the supervision of a certified doctor, in this case the doctor is more
likely to be the one sued rather than the hospital as a whole. This is
the case because in many circumstances doctors can be independent contractors
who work at a hospital rather than being employed by the hospital. When
dealing with any form of medical malpractice or neglect, it is vital to
have the legal counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney.
The law office of
Brandon J. Broderick has much experience working with negligence cases and is ready and willing
to do what is necessary to fight for the compensation that you or your
love one deserves! When we visit hospitals for treatment, we are to expect
that we are paying to be handled with care and medical accuracy, and when
that doesn’t happen a patient has the right to seek compensation
for their troubles and injuries. Contact our offices today for the legal
representation that you deserve!