When can you sue a hospital for medical malpractice?

When you are taken seriously ill, you may need to visit the hospital so you can receive the treatment you need to get back on your feet and carry on with your day-to-day life. But sometimes, things do not go quite go to plan. If a mistake happens while you are receiving treatment, the outcome can be devastating.

If you sustain injuries or develop complications due to mistakes attributable to a healthcare provider, you may be eligible for financial restitution through a medical malpractice lawsuit. These are two specific instances when you can specifically hold a hospital liable for medical malpractice.

When the facility hires and retains incompetent staff

If the hospital knowingly hires and retains unqualified and, thus, incompetent healthcare providers, they may be liable for any damages that arise from their work. Likewise, if you have evidence that the hospital knew or should have known that the healthcare provider who caused your injuries was unlicensed or had recently been deregistered, then you may have a case against the facility.

When the hospital is understaffed

Qualified and competent healthcare workers are, without a doubt, hard to come by. However, it becomes a different story when the facility intentionally retains a low workforce to cut costs. Understaffing causes fatigue and exhaustion, and fatigued and exhausted healthcare providers are prone to making mistakes like misdiagnosis, dosage and surgical errors. If you can prove that the healthcare provider who attended to you was too exhausted and, thus, made preventable mistakes while treating you, then you can hold the employer (hospital) liable.

Medical malpractice can lead to serious injuries or even death. If you or a loved one sustains injuries that are attributable to hospital negligence, you deserve justice. Seeking legal guidance is a good place to start.

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