Did you suffer an injury whilst being treated in the hospital? Do you think you have enough grounds to prove that you were harmed due to utter medical negligence? Should you also sue the hospital? Medical malpractice is very complicated. Oftentimes, nurses and doctors are not the only ones being sued for negligence. In some instances, even the hospital or the health care facility can also be included in the lawsuit. This can happen if you, the patient, was harmed or injured as a direct result of the incompetence of a hospital employee or other medical member working in the hospital.
Before you decide to sue for hospital negligence, it is important that you have a good understanding of why you should go after the institution and not just the employee responsible for the negligent act.
Medical personnel and hospital employees are not the only ones who can be held liable for their incompetence or negligence. The hospital can be proven liable if the injury you obtained was a result of:
- failure to properly screen hospital employees
- failure to keep patient records
- failure to provide the necessary training for hospital staffs or employees
- failure to check out the credential of independent contractors working in the hospital premises
- failure to hire enough staff to provide quality patient care
If the injury is a result of the negligence of a hospital staff why do you need to also sue the hospital? This is actually a valid question to ask. Most victims of medical malpractice sue in order to get money compensation to cover for the damages brought unto them, such as the cost of medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. If the medical professional is not capable of paying for the damages, patients typically go after the hospital. But aside from getting the money you deserve, suing the hospital will also help to avoid the same mistake from happening to another patient in the future.