When a patient seeks medical treatment in a Georgia or Alabama hospital, they have an expectation that they will receive quality care from trained medical professionals. However, errors can occur that result in serious harm or injury to patients and when this happens, it can be difficult to know who is legally responsible for the harm caused.
Hospitals are typically liable for the actions of their employees, including doctors, nurses, and other staff members. This means that if a hospital employee commits medical malpractice, the hospital may be held responsible for the harm caused to the patient. Hospitals may also be liable for their own acts of negligence, such as failing to properly maintain equipment or follow safety protocols.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Examples of medical malpractice include surgical errors, medication errors, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition, and hospital-acquired infections. These types of errors can lead to serious harm to patients or even death.
Proving Hospital Liability
In order to prove hospital liability in a medical malpractice claim, there must be evidence that the hospital or its employees were negligent and that this negligence caused harm to the patient. This requires a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the patient's injuries.
The Standard of Care
Legal principles that govern medical malpractice claims include the standard of care owed to patients, breach of the standard of care, causation, and damages. In order to make a successful medical malpractice claim, it must be shown that the medical professional or hospital breached the standard, that the breach caused harm to the patient, and that the patient suffered damages as a result.
We’re Here to Help Injured Patients
Hospital liability is a complex issue that requires careful examination of the facts and circumstances surrounding a patient's injuries or death. Hospitals may be liable for the actions of their employees or for their own acts of negligence.
Examples of medical malpractice include surgical or medication errors, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, and hospital-acquired infections. Legal principles that govern medical malpractice claims include standard of care, breach of the standard of care, causation, and damages.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed by hospital medical malpractice, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced medical malpractice attorney from our team.
If you have been harmed in an Atlanta or Alabama hospital due to a medical procedure, contact Cunningham Bounds today at (844) 417-0930 for a free consultation. We service injured patients throughout Georgia and Alabama.