Atlanta Hospital Negligence Lawyers
Who is Responsible for Negligence in Hospitals?
Like private practice physicians and other healthcare providers, hospitals are also subject to hospital malpractice lawsuits. However, given that a hospital is a facility with a larger number of employees and many different types of medical care within its facility, a negligence claim is more complex. For instance, a hospital is where many nursing negligence cases occur. Hospitals and emergency rooms also have exceptions and differences to the medical duty of care and standard of care owed to patients. It is very confusing unless you have the guidance of Atlanta lawyers for hospital negligence from firms like Grant Law Office. Their extensive experience in Georgia medical malpractice, hospital malpractice and nursing malpractice is invaluable in your time of need. Their mission is to ensure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled under the law so that you can focus on healing, physically and emotionally.
Vicarious Liability and Nursing Negligence Cases
There are several terms used to describe the legal responsibility that employers have for the acts, or failures to act, of employees - vicarious liability, agency and respondeat superior. Just as doctors are liable, so are nurses and any other employees of the hospital, no matter what their position is. The bottom line is that if you incur injury by the negligent conduct of a hospital employee who does not perform his or her duties properly and the employee was acting within the scope of employment, the hospital is liable because of the employer-employee relationship.
Georgia Hospital Malpractice Lawsuits
The statistics on medical malpractice in the United States, specifically hospital statistics, are overwhelming. A New England Journal of Medicine study concluded as many as 25 percent of all hospital patients experience a medical error of some kind that was avoidable or preventable. Dr. Marty Makary is a John Hopkins surgeon and author of the 2012 book entitled, Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care. In the book he states, "…10% to 15% of patients are not advised of all of their options regarding their medical care, surgeons operate on the wrong body part 40 times every week, approximately 100,000 people die from medical malpractice incidents each year, and medical negligence is either the fifth or sixth leading cause of death in the United States."
A hospital can be negligent due to its action or failure to act. Liability includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Failure to maintain proper medical records
- Losing medical records
- Failure to check the credentials of independent contractors such as attending physicians
- Poor training or supervision policies and procedures
- Unsanitary practices and conditions
- Nursing negligence
- Physician negligence
- Birth injuries
- Prescription errors
- Failure to diagnose
If You Need the Assistance of Atlanta Lawyers for Hospital Negligence
The Atlanta hospital liability attorneys at Grant Law Office are only a phone call or computer click away. They will give you an honest evaluation of your claim, determine who the liable parties are, and pursue the claim on your behalf with determination and skill. Their goal is to settle a claim with the parties and insurance companies fully and fairly. However, if those parties do not negotiate in good faith, they will not hesitate to file hospital malpractice lawsuits, a Georgia nursing malpractice lawsuit or whatever other actions are available. Contact is easy with several options: call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955, use our case review form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to serving you.
Recent Hospital Liability Verdicts and Settlements
- $2.2 Million - Hospital and neurosurgeon malpractice resulting in paralysis.
- $100,000 - Hospital fall resulting in fractured coccyx.
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