When an error occurs in a hospital and patients suffer severe injuries, it’s vital to recognize how medical malpractice cases work. One of the biggest factors to consider is determining liability and who you can hold accountable for the damages you sustain.
Below, we will break down this aspect of a hospital error case. We’ll explain the liability concerns between hospital and doctor and when an outside party may be responsible.
Doctor vs. Hospital Liability
The doctor and hospital may be quick to try and point the finger at one another to limit their liability in medical malpractice cases. However, it’s often both sides that hold a percentage of fault in medical malpractice. Here are some things to know about each side that can make them liable:
- When a doctor is liable: The doctor may be considered responsible for medical negligence when they directly cause harm because of their actions. The doctor made a mistake that led to significant harm occurring.
- When a hospital is liable: If any aspect of the negligence was the result of the hospital’s action or inaction, it can make the organization responsible too. For instance, if the hospital is understaffed and it leads to negligence, the hospital holds some liability.
Contracted Outside Group Liability
In some cases, outside sources might be liable for damage that occurs. A doctor may refer you to a specialist who works outside of the hospital to provide care. If the outside group is liable for damages, they can be held accountable for the medical malpractice and associated compensation.
Our Cleveland medical malpractice lawyers at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP have a reputation for providing strong legal counsel after a hospital error. We take the steps necessary to hold negligence accountable when it matters most. If you need to seek maximum compensation after medical negligence, we will be on your side to help you every step of the way.