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What constitutes hospital negligence?

Most people in Texas want to stay out of the hospital unless it's necessary. When they become injured or ill and require hospital treatment, they likely expect that their condition will improve after hospitalization. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many victims of hospital negligence have found that their physical and mental condition actually worsened as a result of mistakes made by hospital personnel.

Hospitals can be either directly liable or vicariously liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. If the hospital failed to confirm an employee's credentials, it could be considered negligent if harm to a patient results from that failure. Additionally, nurses and other staff who fail to follow the directions of a primary health care provider could result in a successful negligence claim. Understaffing is another area of concern.

Vicarious liability issues could also exist. If a patient is harmed as a result of an employee's actions, the hospital could be found liable for that employee's negligence. This could mean that the hospital is financially responsible for an injured party if claims of negligence concerning one of its employees are successfully documented.

Unfortunately, there are many people who will never be the same as a result of hospital negligence. In addition to their pain and suffering, many require long-term medical care that places a strain on their personal finances. To further complicate their life, many such victims in Texas are unable to work and require around-the-clock care. As a result, some choose to seek recompense by filing a civil lawsuit against the hospital. If their claims can be proved, a monetary judgment may assist them financially while also ensuring that other patients do not suffer in a similar manner. Consultation service from the Maloney Lawyers is free. Contact us today to get started.

Source: Findlaw, "Can I Sue for Hospital Negligence?", Christopher Coble, Accessed on March 6, 2016

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