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Hospital Liability

While medical errors made by doctors may have occurred in hospitals, the hospitals themselves are not always liable. This is because many doctors are considered independent contractors, and the hospitals will typically make sure that their lack of liability is clearly spelled out in paperwork signed by patients before any medical procedure. However, there are doctors who are occasionally considered staff members and hospitals can also be responsible for mistakes made by other employees, such as:

  • Criminal Conduct by Employees (Theft, Violence)
  • Emergency Room Staff Negligence
  • Failure to Sanitize Rooms or Medical Equipment
  • Keeping Dangerous or Incompetent Doctor on Staff
  • Medication Errors by Nursing Staff

The severity of injuries caused by hospital staff negligence can vary depending on the specific incident. In some case, people often require additional treatment to recover, resulting in significant medical bills as well as lost wages. In other tragic cases, victims die because of mistakes made by staff members.

A hospital owes you or your loved one a duty to care. If any breach of that duty causes you or your loved one to suffer harm, then the hospital can be considered negligent and be held liable for the financial losses and pain and suffering you or your loved one experienced.

Hospitals are heavily insured, and the insurance companies that represent them will have a very aggressive team of lawyers prepared to fight any allegations of medical malpractice. In several cases, the attorneys will argue that the hospitals did nothing wrong or there was no way that a victim’s injuries could have been predicted or prevented. In other cases, insurance companies could offer victims or their families settlements in efforts to quickly resolve the disputes, but such agreements rarely account for all of the future medical costs a victim is likely to incur.

It is important to understand that you only have a very small window of time to file a medical malpractice claim in Pennsylvania, and the Chester County hospital liability attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices will work as a team to fight for you if you or your loved one was injured by a hospital’s negligence. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless our firm gets financial compensation.

We will provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (610) 719-3190 to arrange a free, no obligation consultation. Our medical malpractice lawyers have offices in West Chester, Philadelphia, Radnor, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Malvern, and Plymouth Square.