Hospital Negligence Attorneys Serving Spartanburg and Greenville, SC
A hospital can be held liable for negligence or preventable medical errors committed by its employees when those mistakes injure patients. Often, the hospital’s policies and procedures, including hiring and other personnel policies or its use of faulty or outdated equipment, may be found to be the root cause of an employee’s medical error. In such cases, the hospital may be compelled to compensate the injured patient or a deceased patient’s family.
Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can investigate the harm that you or a loved one of yours has suffered at an Upstate South Carolina hospital to determine whether your losses are due to the hospital’s negligence.
Our lawyers have decades of experience with medical malpractice cases, and our firm has the resources necessary to prepare successful medical malpractice cases against a hospital or other medical institution.
Contact us today for a free meeting to discuss your case. We provide legal services to individuals and families from throughout Spartanburg, Greenville and surrounding areas of Upstate South Carolina.
Hospital Liability for Negligent Employees
Medical malpractice is defined in South Carolina as “doing that which the reasonably prudent health care provider or health care institution would not do or not doing that which the reasonably prudent health care provider or health care institution would do in the same or similar circumstances.”
A “health care institution” is specifically a hospital, an ambulatory surgical facility, an institutional general infirmary, a nursing home or a renal (kidney) dialysis facility. “Health care provider” includes individuals as well as health care practices, associations, partnerships or other legal entities.
Health care is provided by people. So, in most cases, a hospital or another medical institution will be named a defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit because of what an employee has done. The institution or its owners are held accountable as the employer responsible for the error or negligence of an employee.
In many cases, surgeons and other doctors are not employed by the hospital where they work. They are, in essence, independent contractors granted privileges to use a hospital’s facilities. A doctor may be considered a hospital’s employee if the institution sets the doctor’s working hours and the fees he or she may charge.
Nurses, technicians, lab personnel and other health care providers are usually hospital employees.
A hospital may be held liable for the errors of an employee or a doctor with privileges at that medical institution if, for example, a nurse, technician or doctor had a history of errors but no effort was made to increase supervision, provide remedial training or take away the individual’s responsibility for patients.
Hospital Liability for Negligent Policies
In addition to direct responsibility for an employee, a hospital may be held liable for negligence regarding:
- Policies and procedures – Failing to establish or enforce adequate policies and procedures for the safe provision of medical care and for ensuring patients’ well-being. This would include polices to ensure sanitation of facilities and equipment to prevent hospital-acquired infections and policies for staff hours and adequate time off.
- Machinery and equipment – Failing to ensure the cleanliness, maintenance and effective operation of facilities, machinery and equipment.
- Hiring and supervising – Failure to adequately screen individuals before hiring them or granting them privileges, failure to train employees and/or failure to adequately supervise the activities of employees or doctors with hospital privileges.
A hospital may also be held liable for negligence that led to non-medical personal injuries. For example, if the maintenance staff of a hospital failed to clean up a spill or tracked-in rain or ice in a timely manner, and someone was injured in a slip-and-fall accident, the hospital might be held liable.
Contact Our Upstate South Carolina Hospital Negligence Attorneys
The attorneys of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can investigate an injury that occurred to you or your loved one in a hospital and determine what parties should be held liable for your losses. Where evidence indicates that the medical institution itself has liability, we will not hesitate to seek the compensation you are due.
Our law firm has the resources and the experienced attorneys needed to stand up to hospitals and the corporations that own them. We investigate medical malpractice and personal injury claims with no up-front charge to our clients, and we only accept a legal fee if we obtain compensation.
Please contact us today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation about the legal options in your case.