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What Makes a Hospital Guilty of Medical Malpractice?

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER VOORHEES NJIf an individual suffers from injuries while seeking treatment in a hospital environment, that individual has every right to seek professional help from a personal injury lawyer that can take on the task of filing a medical malpractice claim. The lawyer can provide details on the different people that the individual should include in the lawsuit, including doctors, surgeons, and nursing assistants. Not only are staff members often at fault, but the hospital as whole could end up getting sued for medical malpractice.

The Hospital Did Not Act Accordingly

An individual may file a lawsuit against the hospital on the grounds that it did not act accordingly and contributed to the neglect that caused a person’s injuries. In most cases like this, the hospital did not offer the proper care to the patient, thus leading to serious injuries and possibly even the death of that person.

A hospital is often held responsible for mistakes that go wrong with doctors, surgeons, and nurses when they have hired these individuals despite knowing that those specific people working in the medical field did not have the proper training or education needed to handle the workload. If the hospital did not conduct a thorough background check on any of its employees, it may be held liable for anything that goes wrong with a patient. The hospital could even end up dealing with liability due to understaffing that causes a person to miss out on receiving medical care because of the long waits.

Hospitals Have the Responsibility of Overseeing Employee Conduct

Most hospitals employ various medical professionals. These professionals would include nurses, nursing assistants, physicians, and even paramedics. When the employee does something that is out of line or is responsible for misconduct, the hospital is held responsible, too. The hospital needs to answer for its employees when they do something wrong.

When an employee is on the job and makes mistakes that cause someone to suffer from injuries, it is not just the employee who is at fault. The employer is at fault for allowing such problems to occur. Mistakes are made in hospital environments more often than most people realize and anyone who is the victim of such a mistake can choose to sue.

When doctors work for hospitals, they are not necessarily hired as employees. Some are hired to take care of medical-related tasks as independent contractors. If the doctor does not have a flexible schedule and needs to work specific hours that are set by the hospital, he or she is typically considered an employee. Even if the doctor is working as an independent contractor, there is still a possibility that the hospital will end up being liable for any mistakes that are made when working with patients.

The Different Reasons Liability Occurs

Each case involving medical malpractice is unique because each patient will experience something different while receiving care, but there are common incidents that do occur. The following incidents can lead to medical malpractice cases and liability:

  • Providing a patient with an incorrect dosage of medicine
  • Misdiagnosing a patient while treating the individual for the wrong condition
  • Not following directions when caring for patients

If someone comes into the hospital with wounds that were not properly cared for and they end up in even more pain, they can file a lawsuit. If the wrong drugs are administered to a patient, he or she can decide to sue. Patients are often most frustrated with misdiagnoses because that prevents them from receiving the care they truly need.

Testimony From an Expert

When claims are filed against hospitals and medical professionals, testimony from an expert is required. The testimony supports the claims made against the hospital and the staff members.

Contact A Medical Malpractice Attorney for a Consultation About Your Hospital Negligence Case in New Jersey

Were you or a loved one injured due to medical malpractice in New Jersey? Then you need to talk to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible for guidance on how to proceed. The Haddonfield medical malpractice attorneys at The Law Offices of Andres & Berger, P.C. are prepared to assist you with your legal claim. We represent victims of negligent surgeons, doctors, nurses, and pharmacists throughout New Jersey, including Camden, Marlton, Voorhees and Haddonfield. Call us today at 856-437-4080 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Our main office is located at 264 Kings Highway East  Haddonfield, NJ 08033.

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