Hospital Medical Malpractice Negligence And Legal Liability
Hospital Medical malpractice negligence is generally synonymous with the thought of wrongdoing on behalf of a doctor or other medical professional. In actuality, however, there are numerous points of potential liability to consider in hospital medical malpractice negligence cases. Medical care can go awry at any point from admission forward in a hospital. In fact, a hospital may be liable in more situations than you realize. These can include scenarios involving not only doctors, but employees. And in a number of cases, the doctors are not the employees.
Doctors: Employees or Independent Contractors?
When hospital doctors who are employees provide improper treatment that results in injury or death, the hospitals are generally liable for the actions of who they hired. In many cases, however, doctors are independent contractors working for one or more hospitals, urgent care centers, and/or other medical entities, including their own medical practices. If a doctor hired by a hospital is an independent contractor, and he or she provably and solely caused serious injury or death, suing the hospital may not be an option. Contacting an expert lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice negligence is an important step in assessing your potential case. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that hospital admission forms may include statements explaining that the doctor they or their loved one will see may not be an employee.
Hospitals are generally responsible for the training and actions of all employees, including nurses, physician’s assistants, anesthesiologists, other health professionals, janitors, maintenance workers, stocking clerks, and other individuals. Hospital Medical Malpractice Negligence can occur due to improperly labeled medications, wet floors, unsanitary equipment, and a whole host of other situations, including discrimination, sexual assault, and substance abuse.
What Did You Say Your Name Was?
Errors can occur starting at the hospital intake desk. Incorrect information regarding a patient’s name, age, current medications, allergies, and reason for being there can have devastating consequences. Precision accuracy is essential in ensuring patient safety and proper treatment. Serious injuries or deaths that result from such errors are also considered acts of medical malpractice negligence.
Over the years, Florida, and particularly South Florida, has become a preferred hotspot for medical and surgical care. As a result, the number of medical malpractice and medical negligence cases has risen. Surgeons, surgical specialists, and high-ranking hospitals specializing in technical and specialty surgeries of the heart, brain, and gallbladder, as well as surgeries for cancer and trauma, can be found throughout Florida. In addition, many of the latest surgical technologies are available in Miami and South Florida, making the area an even more desired hub for surgery.
If you have been affected by Hospital Medical malpractice negligence, meeting with an experienced Florida medical malpractice or medical negligence lawyer for an initial consultation is an important step. Research information about lawyers who specialize in medical malpractice and medical negligence, or if possible, who specialize in the particular type of medical malpractice or medical negligence you or your loved one has experienced.
Many lawyers and legal teams offer free initial consultations. At Mallard & Sharp, P.A., we specialize in hospital medical malpractice and medical negligence cases. To schedule a free initial consultation with our expert legal team call 877.662.5527 or 305.461.4800.