When filing a medical malpractice claim it can be difficult to know exactly who is responsible for your injuries and damages. If you’re injured in a hospital does the legal responsibility fall onto the doctor, nurse, or other health care provider, or is the hospital liable?
There are two types of negligence hospitals can be held accountable for. The first is known as hospital negligence, the second is called vicarious liability. In cases of hospital negligence, those in charge of the hospital did not take the proper steps to ensure their staff and the hospital itself are operating up to standards. For instance, an injury that results from an understaffed hospital would be considered hospital negligence. Vicarious liability is when malpractice on the part of a hospital employee injures a patient. The issue with vicarious liability is that not everyone who works in a hospital is an employee.
In fact, often times doctors are actually independent contractors of the hospital. Nurses, medical technicians, and support staff are generally employees of the hospital, This means that if you injuries are caused by the negligence of a doctor working as an independent contractor, your claim would may be against the doctor directly. Not every case is so clear cut, and there are laws that allow you to sue the hospital even if the doctor is an independent contractor. Any combination of doctors and/or the facility may be liable for injuries caused by medical malpractice. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer will be able to help you determine who is responsible for your injuries and damages.
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