Hospital injuries are unfortunately common in New York and throughout the country. Patients turn to hospitals because they need medical care, and sometimes they end up with more serious injuries after seeking treatment. Sometimes they leave the hospital, and their injuries and illnesses were not properly diagnosed or treated, leading to further medical complications.
Not all hospital injuries and illnesses are caused by negligent medical treatment. If your injuries were caused by negligent medical care, however, you deserve to be compensated. Contact a medical malpractice attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. for a free case evaluation.
Even with advances in science and technology, medicine is not a perfect science, and medical professionals and institutions make mistakes. Medical professionals and institutions are only responsible for their errors when their conduct and care is negligent. In order to prove negligence, injured patients must prove that they received substandard medical care. They must then prove that the substandard medical care caused their injuries.
Hospital negligence cases can be complicated, and depending on the circumstances of your case, several different parties may be responsible for your injuries. Liability depends on whom or what caused your injuries and which party was ultimately responsible for the negligent conduct.
When hospital employees are negligent, the hospital is typically responsible for its employees’ conduct. When there are administrative errors such as mixing up patient records or losing important medical information, hospitals are generally responsible as well. Other times an individual doctor may be responsible for negligence if he or she is an independent contractor of the hospital rather than an employee.
In hospital negligence cases, there are frequently multiple defendants and multiple insurance companies involved. Defendants and their insurance companies do not want to be responsible for paying negligence claims, so their defense is to blame each other. Proving liability then becomes more difficult for injury victims, unless they have an experienced Long Island medical malpractice attorney advocating for their financial recovery.
If you believe you or a loved one sustained injuries in the hospital due to someone else’s negligence, a hospital negligence attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We will discuss your claim, injuries sustained, and financial recovery options. Hospitals and medical professionals are held to a high standard of care, and when their conduct falls below that standard, they should be held accountable.