Originally, the law of medical malpractice was applied to doctors to enable injured patients to recover if a doctor's negligence caused injury. Eventually, judges came to understand that doctors are not the only possibly negligent parties in a malpractice case. It may be possible for injured patients in South Florida to seek damages in cases of hospital negligence by suing the hospital that was allegedly negligent. This blog post will provide a brief overview of this topic.
First of all, hospitals, like other employers, may be held liable for the negligent acts of their employees. Many nurses, physician's assistants and anesthesiologists are direct employees of hospitals. Under the legal principle of respondeat superior, if one of these employees commits a negligent act in the scope of their employment, the hospital could be on the hook for resulting damages.
Next, hospitals have a duty to make reasonable inquiries regarding the qualifications of staff members before hiring them or giving them privileges at the hospital. The hospital must do its reasonable best to ensure that all of its staff have the necessary licenses and that all of them are reasonably competent. If an unlicensed or incompetent nurse or physician causes injury, and no reasonable inquiry was made into the person's background, the hospital may be liable for the injury.
There are other scenarios in which a hospital could be held liable for medical malpractice. If one believes that medical personnel or a medical institution has caused injury, they should be aware that they may have legal options.