Hospital Liability and ER Doctors

ER doctors who work independently are many times an exception to the rule. Generally, the hospital still will be liable for medical negligence on behalf of an ER doctor because the patient sought treatment at the hospital's facility, not necessarily with a particular doctor.

Another scenario in which hospitals pose challenges when suing for medical malpractice is when the injuries are caused by a healthcare provider working under a doctor’s supervision. Let’s say a nurse on a surgical team accidentally leaves one of the gauzelike sponges used to soak up blood inside a patient, and the surgeon sews him or her back up unknowingly. The doctor (or surgeon) responsible for supervising the nurse might be liable, but the hospital isn't necessarily liable.

Contact A Medical Malpractice Lawyer 

Determining liability when suing for medical malpractice under these circumstances sometimes can be tricky. There are different factors to consider, which is why it’s a good idea to consult legal counsel because medical malpractice can span stroke deaths to emergency room errors. You can call and ask Jason R. Schultz questions at an initial consultation (404) 474-0804.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.