When you go to a hospital, it quickly becomes clear that it takes a village to keep things running effectively. Mistakes happen, and usually they occur because of the actions taken by the hospital staff, but they can also happen through hospital negligence. When we enter the hospital, it’s expected that the care will be superb. The part we don’t expect is the hospital to fail in meeting certain requirements. Hospital negligence or liability is not typically referring to a doctor’s medical malpractice. A doctor will mostly be an independent contractor, though there certainly are times where the doctor is on staff.
A hospital can be held liable for the negligence of its employees. In this case, the argument would be made that the hospital did not take proper precaution when hiring. They did not accurately assess the skills of nurses or physicians.
The equipment in a hospital is obviously involved in everything, which means it must be properly maintained. Equipment or system malfunctions happen more than people realize, and they can very easily lead to harmful outcomes. A patient should not be susceptible to injury because a monitor didn’t work or an emergency did not sound. There are many other examples of poor equipment maintenance leading to negligence. The process of replacing or repairing ineffective equipment is also a duty of the hospital and its staff. Failure to do that is a clear form of negligence.
If a hospital is understaffed, that’s a problem. If a hospital is understaffed and you’re in need of care, and that wait leads to consequences that could have been prevented, then that’s a severe problem. A hospital is a busy place with a lot of commotion, and an understaffed hospital is quite inexcusable.
If a patient is admitted, the result should not be that they pick up an infection; yet that is the case sometimes. The hospital is supposed to be properly sterilized, but if it’s not, the risk of infection increases. Whether it’s a staph infection or sepsis, the risk is there.
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