Memphis Hospital Negligence Attorneys
Unfortunately, many medical malpractice cases involve single, specific hospital employees providing incompetent care at a patient’s expense, often intentionally. When a hospital employee provides care that is incautious, inadequate, or shoulders undue harm onto a patient, the hospital is held responsible for the reckless actions of their employee. Incompetent care may take the form of inept administration of treatment, failure to warn a patient of the appropriate measures to take before a surgery, or prescribing the wrong medication. As long as the hospital employee—such as a nurse, medical technician, or support staff member—was negligent while carrying out job-related duties, a patient may be able to recover damages from the hospital.
While a hospital is accountable for a patient’s suffering that is directly induced at the hands of someone that works for them, the hospital’s liability only stretches as far as people they specifically employ. There is a distinction because, many times, doctors who work in such hospitals are not employees of the hospital, but seen as “independent contractors”. This means that a hospital is not always liable for the incompetent actions of some doctors and may not be responsible for mistakes these doctors makes. The exception to this, though, is if the patient was not warned that the doctor was not an employee of the hospital, the hospital keeps an unfit or dangerous doctor on their staff, or, of course, the hospital is the doctor’s employer.
Enduring injury at the hands of the institution that is supposed to treat you can feel unreal and disappointing, not to mention frightening. The hospital negligence attorneys at John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers believe that medical professionals who don’t afford their patients a reasonable standard of care should be held accountable for their actions. We can advocate on your behalf to obtain compensation for your additional suffering.
Common Examples of Hospital Negligence
For a hospital to be found negligent, three things must be true: a patient must have endured injury, the hospital staff must have performed in a manner that falls below the expectations of care from a medical professional, and the lack of care or medical mistake must have caused the patient’s injury or suffering. Negligent acts committed by hospitals can include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Mistakes during childbirth
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to provide proper treatment
- Failure to discuss warnings, side effects, or medical instructions
- Mistakes in medication
Although there is a pervasive belief that doctors and medical professionals are unlikely to make serious mistakes, hospital negligence is far from uncommon and can cause patients to suffer in a number of ways. These acts of unfit care can lead to a patient’s long-term debilitating injury or untimely death.
Contact a Hospital Negligence Attorney in Memphis
Hospitals and their employees have a responsibility to provide professional care to their patients. At John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, we believe that those who betray the public trust and act recklessly should be held responsible. If you or someone you love was a victim of hospital negligence, contact our Memphis offices at (866) 537-1881 for support and guidance throughout the legal process.