Are Hospitals Liable For Their Employees’ Negligence
Published: 2019-09-02   Views: 176
Author: JudeAdams
Published in: Legal
Are Hospitals Liable For Their Employees’ Negligence

The central purpose of a medical negligence suit is to demonstrate fault - usually by a doctor or another person directly linked to the case. However, in some situations, you can sue other related bodies as well.


If you have a professional medical negligence claim in the UK but are unsure of who to sue then you should consider getting an attorney to evaluate your claim and identify its strengths and weaknesses.


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Hospitals are institutions that are either publicly or privately owned. With regards to medical malpractice activities, hospitals can be held directly responsible for their negligence, and can likewise be held "vicariously" responsible for the negligence of their employees. Vicarious responsibility implies that a group is considered responsible not for its carelessness, but the carelessness of someone else.


Hospital Negligence


A hospital’s medicinal staff will comprise of authorized doctors and other licensed medical service providers, for example, nurses, doctors’ assistants, and attendants. When trying to hire its medical staff, a hospital must investigate a candidate's institution, training and authorization. If a hospital had neglected to make sensible inquiries into an individual from its medical staff whose carelessness harmed a patient, it may be held responsible under the "corporate negligence" doctrine for careless supervision or maintenance.


Hospitals are also required to make sure that an adequate number of well-trained nurses are available 24/7 so that the best care possible can be given to the patients. A hospital that neglects to do as such might be held responsible for any harm to patients coming about because of a nursing deficiency.


Another potential risk of liability emerges when a hospital’s medical staff neglect to follow the directions of a patient's private doctor. Alternately, if a hospital’s staff finds a private doctor's treatment to be contraindicated and neglects to make a sensible request of the doctor with regards to the treatment plan, the hospital can also be liable here.


Vicarious Liability


Vicarious liability, also known by the Latin term “respondent superior”, is used to describe holding an individual or institution liable for the negligence of another. Mostly used in regards to employee-employer relationships, it can be applied in other situations as well where an individual or organization holds a superior position to an agent. In this case, a hospital is liable for its doctors and staffs’ actions.


This doctrine is imperative to patients or their families in medical negligence cases since it guarantees there will be a monetarily responsible group to remunerate the harmed patient.




Whether the hospital is liable for its employees’ negligence or not depends on your case. Before making a claim, you should discuss your case with a medical malpractice attorney so that you can know beforehand about your case’s success rate.


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