Can I Sue The Hospital Where I Was Hurt?
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The number of people injured due to medical mistakes in hospitals is frightening. Reports show that between 210,000 and 440,000 people die in hospitals each and every year due to mistakes that could have been prevented. Most of these mistakes, which destroy families both financially and emotionally, are not the basis of medical malpractice suit; but some of them are. In these cases, you might wonder whether you can sue not only the medical team that caused your harm, but the hospital where you were injured. The answer to this question depends on whether your Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer can prove corporate negligence on your behalf. At Lowenthal & Abrams, our experienced team of attorneys has obtained substantial verdicts for our clients who have been injured in hospitals. Contact us to find out how we can help you.
What is Corporate Negligence?
If your lawyer can prove corporate negligence in a malpractice claim, then he might be able to hold the hospital responsible for your loved one’s death or injuries. Hospitals are required to hire competent staff as well as train them properly and provide them with appropriate policies under which to treat their patients. In addition, the hospital is required to maintain a clean and safe environment for the people in its care. If a hospital is negligent in its hiring, policy creation and implementation or safety standards, it might be possible to hold it financially responsible for the harm caused by its employees. Previously, it was not possible to sue hospitals, they were considered immune from suit because the surgeon was considered responsible for any harm done to the patient. But the problem with this is that, in many cases, employees are not managed by a surgeon. Many employees of hospitals never work with a surgeon at all. So, in 1991, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that hospitals could not escape liability when they failed to live up to their obligations to manage their staff and facilities properly.
Doctors, Dentists and Other Offices
When a doctor, dentist or other medical facility is negligent in managing its employees, it too can be held financially liable through the corporate negligence theory in Pennsylvania. There will be a number of questions your malpractice lawyer will have to answer to show that the facility was providing comprehensive care to its patients.
What about Nursing Homes?
Nursing homes can also be found responsible through the concept of corporate negligence. They too are required to properly care for their patients by hiring the right employees, training them properly and implementing the right policies to provide a safe home for their residents. Nursing homes are responsible for making certain that their vulnerable residents are protected from nursing home abuse.
Why Sue the Hospital?
When a hospital is negligent, it is important to hold it responsible. When we sue hospitals, it is to:
- Hold negligent workers responsible for their actions
- Send a message that poorly run hospitals will face serious consequences
- Alleviate the financial stress victims are in due to expensive medical bills, loss of income and other expenses.
How Can We Help?
Our medical malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey and New York, are experienced in holding medical facilities responsible when they are negligent in managing their employees and space. When you ask us to review your claim, we identify all responsible parties and work with you to make sure they are held responsible for the harm they caused you and your loved ones. Contact the attorneys at Lowenthal & Abrams today. We are not afraid to hold hospitals responsible for the harm they caused you and your family.