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I was injured by a medical procedure. Can I sue the hospital?

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2015 | Medical Malpractice

Medical procedures are extremely serious personal injury issues that can often lead to life-altering health concerns or even death. There are multiple types of medical malpractice that an individual may be the victim of, ranging from failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, improper treatment, failure to provide necessary follow-up care and more. Depending on the specific circumstances regarding your medical malpractice, you could hold multiple different parties responsible for your injury.

There are many different professions and staff members involved in any given hospital treatment, and an error by any one of these individuals could lead to a serious medical malpractice issue. Obviously a doctor performing the wrong surgery or making an error in the surgery is a concern, but if a nurse fails to sterilize a tool, victims could also suffer infections or diseases as a result of the surgery, even if it was performed properly.

If you are treated at a hospital, you may also be able to hold the hospital liable for your injuries. Because of the legal concept of vicarious liability, a hospital can be held responsible for the actions of its employees. As a result, if you are injured in a medical procedure performed by the staff of a hospital, you could sue the hospital for your injuries and be compensated at the hospital’s expense.

Of course, like with most legal issues, everything depends on the circumstances. That is why legal assistance is so highly recommended. Legal expertise can help you understand the circumstances of your case, allowing you to recover the maximum amount of compensation for your medical malpractice issue. If you live in New York and have been injured due to medical malpractice or negligence, consider meeting with an attorney to learn more about your rights.