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A hospital can often be liable for damages when a patient is injured during his or her hospital stay. Any injury caused by the negligence of an employee of the hospital, including nurses, paramedics, or other hospital staff, is an injury for which the hospital is often also responsible. These employees can be the cause of many injuries, including providing the wrong medication, losing or mishandling medical histories or charts, neglect, misuse of treatment or diagnosis devices, or improper preparation.
Other problems that might arise from a hospital stay include improper use of anesthesia, botched surgeries, infections, medication overdose. In these cases, the consequences can be very severe. In the case of a doctor's medical malpractice, the hospital is not always liable. This is because doctors are not necessarily employees of the hospital but rather are independent contractors. Even if it looks like a doctor works in a hospital, the hospital will usually inform you either orally or in papers that you sign that this is not the case. An attorney can help you determine if a doctor is an employee of a hospital so that a hospital might be liable for his or her medical negligence.
It is important to remember that negligence is not always the cause if something goes wrong. Medicine is a difficult practice, and sometimes hospital staff or a doctor will do all they can to help but an unforeseen injury occurs anyway. At the law office of Manuel Moses, Esq., I work with doctors who are also medical malpractice lawyers, we do the cases together, and we are prepared to review your medical files for negligence. You may contact me for a free consultation at 212-736-2624, extension 11.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this page constitutes formal legal advice and you are strongly urged to consult a lawyer about your injury and potential law suit.