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Pursuing a claim against a hospital: Liability issues

Hospitals are responsible for the things that happen within their walls. Whether it's a doctor who makes a mistake or an orderly who doesn't follow through on a task, everyone is under the watchful eye of the hospital administration.

When someone makes a mistake that puts a patient in danger, hospitals can face lawsuits. Think of a hospital as an entity instead of a facility and you'll understand how it stands as defendant in cases where patients are hurt.

How can you hold a hospital responsible for your injuries?

When a hospital does not provide patients with the level of care expected within the medical community, it can be held liable for negligence. Hospitals may be directly liable or vicariously liable. Direct liability results from injuries such as tripping on damaged flooring or falling down stairs. Vicarious liability comes from the negligence or malpractice of hospital staff.

What do you do if you're harmed by a doctor or nurse?

Once you realize that the injury occurred, it's normally a good idea to speak to the medical professional about it. Not all injuries are a direct result of accidents or negligence. Sometimes, the body reacts poorly to medications or recovers more slowly than expected. This isn't a sign of neglect, abuse or other problems, and medicine is not an exact science. On the other hand, leaving a sponge in a patient following surgery or patients falling because nurses don't respond to calls for assistance may be considered negligence that poses both liability and vicarious liability for the hospital.

If the doctor or nurse cannot justify their actions or inaction satisfactorily, the hospital's board or medical director may be able to resolve the incident. If you are not satisfied with the way the hospital addresses your concerns, then you may want to pursue further legal action against the hospital and its medical providers.

Medical providers make mistakes

The reality is that medical providers do make mistakes, and it's sometimes up to patients to make sure they're held liable. With the right support, information about your illnesses or treatments and information about the law, you can take steps to get the help you need to pursue financial compensation for your losses.

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