Can you sue a hospital for wrongful death?
Wrongful death refers to one person’s death as a result of the negligent or reckless behavior of another. One of the hospital’s highest responsibilities is to ensure that its staff is appropriately qualified to practice their profession. Unfortunately, there are times when the malpractice of a doctor or hospital, in general, can result in the death of a patient.
Can a lawsuit be filed against a hospital for wrongful death? Definitely yes.
A hospital has three primary responsibilities for which it could be held liable in the event of a death. Let’s see:
First of all, hospitals must ensure that their equipment is in perfect condition and properly maintained. In an emergency or illness situation, this equipment is key to caring for and diagnosing patients.
It is also the hospital’s responsibility to recruit staff. Within their hiring process, they must have filters to ensure that they are hiring an appropriate professional staff with the qualifications, experience, and skills necessary to fulfill the required position.
As a third point, the hospital is responsible for supervising that everything is working correctly. The facilities must be cared for and clean. They must ensure that the equipment works optimally and that neither doctors, nurses, nor anyone else within the work team is engaging in negligent, reckless, or abusive behavior.
If the hospital failed to meet any of these obligations, and this results in the death of a person, the surviving family members would have every basis to sue the hospital for wrongful death.
Some examples of negligence that a doctor might commit include misdiagnosis or lack thereof, mistakes made in surgeries (including leaving surgical supplies inside the patient), errors in administered medications or their dosages, and negligent behavior around pregnancies and childbirth.
Regarding the nursing staff, negligence can occur in the following ways: through the administration of the wrong medications or errors in the doses, due to the lack of supervision of the physical condition of the patients, due to the erroneous execution of the medical history, and through failure to report changes, appearance or disappearance of symptoms.
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