A hospital worker is responsible, does my case still qualify for hospital malpractice?
If you believe that you or a loved one have possibly been injured as result of hospital negligence or if a loved one was killed as a result of hospital negligence you should contact a hospital malpractice lawyer immediately. Even if a doctor, nurse or other hospital employee is responsible for deviating from the standard of care due to each patient, the hospital may be deemed responsible for the actions or omissions of their employees. This type of liability is called vicarious liability.
Many cases of direct hospital malpractice involve nurses employed by the hospital who fail to follow standard nursing protocol or follow a doctor’s specific orders regarding the patient’s care. Other examples may include:
- nurses failing to recognize fall risks
- over medication or prescription errors
- sexual or physical abuse
- failing to respond to distress or code calls
- improper training, supervision and security
- Surgical errors
- Retained sponge or object
- improper care that leads to bedsores or serious infection
Hospital malpractice may also involve poor staffing, faulty equipment, and substandard administrative rules/regulations.