Harmed by Hospital/Nurse Negligence?
Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Will Help
If you are seriously injured and require hospitalized treatment by medical professionals, you expect to receive the right care at the right time. But sometimes nurses and doctors provide improper treatment which can leave you seriously injured. If disorderly hospitals or careless nursing result in injury for you or a loved one, turn to the Snyder Law Group, LLC. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will give you the representation and dedication you deserve. Having recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our past clients*, we are ready, willing and able to help.
Spotting Hospital & Nurse Negligence in Maryland
When a medical professional or hospital’s negligence causes a patient to experience injury or death in a hospital setting, medical negligence has occurred. Healthcare professionals are liable for medical malpractice if they do not treat the patient following the standard of care.
This includes any of the following:
- Birth injuries
- Prescription errors
- Various other situations
- Failure to order proper tests
- Failure to keep conditions sanitary
- Improper monitoring of a patient
- Failure to provide necessary treatment
- Improperly delivered medications
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
The hospital could be liable for medical mistakes that occur in their facility which lead to injury. Medical malpractice, including medical errors committed by doctors, nurses, and other health practitioners, can be held against hospitals.
Frequent Questions about Medical Negligence
What Does “Customary Standard of Care” Include?
As regulated, licensed professionals, medical doctors must follow a standard of care dictated by their medical profession’s custom. Knowledge, skills and training common to the specific profession of medicine is required in order to practice medicine as a qualified physician. Doctors who go off script and use techniques that are not generally practiced are putting themselves at risk for liability.
A medical professional is not considered liable for medical malpractice as long as the care they provide is in line with the established standards of practice. Doctors, nurses and even hospital operators commit medical malpractice and negligence when they deviate from the accepted standard of care.
How Will I Know if my Hospital Negligence Claim is Valid?
If you are sick and require extensive medical treatment to heal, it doesn’t always mean medical malpractice has occurred. When treating patients, doctors and nurses often are faced with challenging medical options which have uncertain outcomes. Sometimes these choices lead to injury. While unfortunate, these choices are not likely to be considered medical malpractice as long as they are rational given the situation and in accordance with the standard of care.
Every medical situation is unique, so if you are unsure if your injury was caused by hospital malpractice, get in touch with an attorney to talk about your case. Medical malpractice lawyers specialize in figuring out if your experience would qualify as a legal claim.
Does it Matter who Employs the Doctor?
Like all institutions, the reasonability for employee’s actions falls on the hospital. Therefore, they can be liable for injuries caused by their employee’s negligence. However, not everyone providing medical treatment is employed by the hospital. Nurses, paramedics, and medical technicians usually are employed by the hospital, but often doctors are not.
Frequently, medical doctors work contractually for hospitals. If you experience injury at the hands of a medical doctor who is an independent contractor, the hospital might not be considered responsible for the harm they cause. However, if the doctor is employed by the hospital, then the facility is liable for harm caused by the doctor’s mistakes.
The courts have sometimes dealt with the concern of hospital liability for contracted physicians by citing the doctrine of corporate or direct liability, where a hospital could be found negligent for not monitoring the care offered “within its walls.”
Depending on the circumstances, this rule may apply as it is subject to expectations. Find out who may be held liable for your injuries by speaking with an experienced hospital malpractice lawyer.