What to Do if a Hospital Makes You Sick

Hospitals are completely sterile environments, right? Wrong. According to a new study, over 12 percent of hospital liability claims are associated with infections, injuries and other conditions that patients contracted’ in the hospital itself.

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How do I recover damages sustained due to malpractice in a hospital?

A hospital malpractice case generally involves negligence or a breach of the standard of care by a hospital employee. Contrary to popular belief, most doctors are not directly employed by hospitals. To recover damages in a hospital malpractice case, a hospital employee must either be negligent or breach the standard of care.

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How do I recover damages sustained due to malpractice in a hospital?

A hospital malpractice case generally involves negligence or a breach of the standard of care by a hospital employee. Contrary to popular belief, most doctors are not directly employed by hospitals. To recover damages in a hospital malpractice case, a hospital employee must either be negligent or breach the standard of care.

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Can hospitals turn away patients?

Yes, but only some hospitals and only in non-emergency situations. Privately-owned hospitals may turn away patients in a non-emergency, but public hospitals cannot refuse care. Public hospitals, funded by taxpayer dollars, are held to a different standard than privately owned for-profit hospitals.

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Who can be liable for hospital medical malpractice?

When a patient seeks treatment at a hospital, the hospital itself becomes responsible for the care that the patient receives. This means that if a patient receives inadequate or unprofessional care from a hospital employee, the hospital may be liable for medical malpractice. If hospital policy contributes to or causes a patient injury, the hospital can also be considered liable for hospital malpractice.

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