Hospital Malpractice Lawyer
Hospital Malpractice Lawyer in New York
Despite the years of training doctors and other medical providers complete, and the specialized knowledge they have, they still make mistakes when caring for their patients. An often-cited study from Johns Hopkins University suggests that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death across the United States, and many of these errors are considered hospital malpractice.
If you were injured while undergoing treatment at a hospital or other medical facility, an experienced New York hospital malpractice lawyer at Finz & Finz, P.C. on Long Island can help. Our legal team includes a former New York State Supreme Court Justice who has been peer-reviewed as one of America’s preeminent trial lawyers and a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition, we have strong relationships with world-renowned medical experts who can support your case and testify on your behalf. We are dedicated to maximizing the financial compensation for our clients, many of whom have suffered life-altering injuries as a result of hospital malpractice, and since our founding, we have recovered more than $1 billion on their behalf.
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Do I Have a Case for Hospital Medical Malpractice?
Not every event that leads to an injury in a hospital or other medical facility is a case of medical malpractice. Instead, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical provider violates the standard of care – the level of care that a reasonably skilled healthcare worker who practices in the same field would provide under similar circumstances.
Medical malpractice claims tend to be significantly more complicated than other personal injury cases, and medical malpractice claims against hospitals can be particularly challenging. Therefore, it is important to consult with a New York hospital malpractice lawyer to determine if you have a viable claim.
The main issue when it comes to suing a hospital or other medical facility for malpractice is that hospitals are generally only liable for injuries committed by their employees. This includes people like nurses, lab technicians, and other hospital staff, but it generally does not include doctors. Most hospitals classify doctors as independent contractors, in part to shield themselves from possible negligence claims. While you may have a valid claim against the doctor, you might not have a claim against a non-employer hospital.
However, sometimes a doctor is a direct employee of a hospital, in which case the hospital can be held liable for the doctor’s actions. That said, even if a doctor is not officially an employee of a hospital, they can be considered an employee if the hospital sets the doctor’s hours, determines their compensation rates, or manages the doctor in other ways.
A hospital malpractice lawyer from Finz & Finz, P.C. can tell you more about the legal relationship between a doctor and a hospital and whether you could have a case against the facility in which you were injured.