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Suing a hospital: What you should know

If a hospital is negligent, you may have the option of suing for compensation. Hospitals are only places, but the administration is responsible for the many things that go on there. You may be able to sue the hospital administration for a number of reasons.

For example, if the administration hires a doctor, it's supposed to do its due diligence in researching that doctor's license and experience. If it turns out that the doctor the hospital hired had lost his license in another state or was hired without the experience required in the field, you could pursue a claim for negligence.

Hospitals are also vicariously liable for their employees. That means that if you go into surgery and suffer from a surgical error, it's likely that the hospital can be held responsible for the surgeon's mistake. The hospital may be held responsible for negligent supervision of the surgery or for negligently retaining the employee.

The staff at the hospital, not just doctors and nurses, may also be harmful to patients. For example, a janitor who leaves a floor wet without a sign could cause a slip-and-fall accident. In that case, the hospital could be held liable for any injuries a person suffers on the premises through a premises liability claim.

When you are hurt due to negligence, you have a right to pursue a claim. Your attorney can help you decide if a claim is right for your situation, especially if you're unsure if you were hurt due to negligence. With the right evidence and support, you can make a firm case against the hospital.

Source: FindLaw, "Can I Sue for Hospital Negligence?," Christopher Coble, Esq., accessed April 07, 2017

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