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I am a trial attorney who had been practicing law for ten years. Attorneys only hire the best when the things that matter the most in their own lives are threatened with harm. That is why I hired Christopher R. Largey of Largey Law when my ...
I am a trial attorney who had been practicing law for ten years. Attorneys only hire the best when the things that matter the most in their own lives are threatened with harm. That is why I hired Christopher R. Largey of Largey Law when my family, children, and career were maliciously attacked and deceitfully threatened. Mr. Largey is respected by our judges, other attorneys, and the community at large, and as a result he is routinely hired by lawyers who need to be represented fully. He never backs down, he is never pushed, and he is compassionate. He absolutely understood the gravity of the family dynamic that he had to protect in my case. Whenever a lie was told, he would immediately and aggressively confront it head-on, exposing the same. His skillful use of courtroom practice and his knowledge of the evidence code brought the truth to light. The result was a resounding legal victory that protected my children, as well as the complete vindication of my character and my career. Though Chris is not even a family law lawyer, I knew he was the right attorney for this challenge. He stood there for me, and I will never regret hiring him for as long as I live.
Following my car accident I was referred by a friend to Largey Law Firm. Chris Largey agreed to take my case. He and Rosie along with his staff were very reassuring that they would take care if all my legal issues dealing with the insuran...
Following my car accident I was referred by a friend to Largey Law Firm. Chris Largey agreed to take my case. He and Rosie along with his staff were very reassuring that they would take care if all my legal issues dealing with the insurance companies. He was not only concerned about my case but also about my physical condition. Chris referred me to health care workers that were a great asset to my healing process. Chris handled everything for me which allowed me to concentrate on healing. I would highly recommend the Largey Law Firm to anyone who needs someone to get justice for them.
As a family law attorney, I had the opportunity to work with Chris in a case involving an injunction that was part of a family law matter that I was involved in. I wholeheartedly recommend him as a criminal law attorney. In my opinion, he ...
As a family law attorney, I had the opportunity to work with Chris in a case involving an injunction that was part of a family law matter that I was involved in. I wholeheartedly recommend him as a criminal law attorney. In my opinion, he is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of working with!
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Can a Hospital Be Held Liable for a Patient's Wrongful Death?
- posted: Aug. 30, 2017
When a hospital patient dies due to a medical error, the hospital may be held liable, either for its own negligence or for the negligence of its employees. Attorneys representing next of kin in a wrongful death lawsuit usually join the hospital as a defendant even when the hospital’s liability is not immediately clear. In certain cases where a doctor has privileges at a hospital but does not have an employer-employee relationship with the institution, the hospital may not have a duty toward that doctor’s patients and cannot be held accountable for that doctor’s mistakes.
A hospital can be negligent if it fails in the following areas:
- Failing to screen the professionals it hires — Hospital administrators must verify that the providers they hire are licensed and competent.
- Failing to supervise workers — Hospitals must provide sufficient oversight to discover and correct deficiencies in patient care.
- Failing to establish proper protocols for healthcare services — Hospitals must adopt and enforce industry best practices to prevent medical and surgical errors.
- Mismanagement of staff — A hospital that understaffs its wards or allows staff to work too much overtime creates an atmosphere where mistakes are more likely to occur.
A hospital can also be liable under respondeat superior, the legal theory that makes an employer responsible for its employees’ negligence in the performance of their duties. When doctors and nurses are employees or partners in the hospital, the hospital must answer for their negligence, including:
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Failure to monitor patients
- Failure to keep proper records of care
If a doctor or a nurse is an independent contractor, the hospital is usually not liable for their mistakes. However, merely labeling a professional a contractor is not enough; if the hospital exercises sufficient control over a professional’s working conditions and job performance, a court may find an employer-employee relationship exists.
Medical malpractice lawsuits have many levels of complexity, so the attorney you choose to pursue your wrongful death claim must have sufficient knowledge and experience to manage the litigation.
If your loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, trust Largey Law to fight aggressively for justice. To schedule an appointment with an experienced wrongful death lawyer at our firm, call 352-253-0456 or contact our office online.