To make sure victims of medical negligence are adequately protected when harmed by medical negligence, a variety of different parties may be held liable for medical malpractice. This blog recently discussed how serious a failure to diagnose can be but medical malpractice is not limited to a failure to diagnose but can include surgical errors, medication errors and other types of medical negligence as well.
The legal process provides important protections for victims of medical malpractice by holding those responsible accountable for the damages suffered by the victim. Negligent parties may be liable to help injured victims with their physical, financial and emotional damages. To begin with, hospitals may be held liable when a patient has received negligent medical care and treatment at their hospital. This can be because the hospital negligently hired or retained staff or failed to properly train staff. It can also be because they failed to adequately staff or maintain the hospital properly.
In addition to hospitals, medical care providers can also be liable for harm that results from their medical negligence. This can include doctors, surgeons, nurses and other medical care providers when the medical care and treatment they provide falls below the standard of care. Pharmacy staff may also be liable for medical negligence in some circumstances. The list of who may be liable for medical malpractice is long to ensure that victims of medical negligence are protected.
Patients place their trust and safety in the hands of hospitals and medical care providers every day. When this trust is violated because of the carelessness of a doctor or hospital, it is important for victims and their families to know how they are protected.