Ottawa Hospital Malpractice Lawyers
In many cases of medical malpractice, the negligent conduct can be traced to one specific individual: a doctor, nurse or other health care practitioner. But in some cases, several people may all have been negligent, or it may be difficult to point the negligent act of one specific individual. In those cases, the hospital may itself be liable for an action or policy, or the hospital may be vicariously liable for the conduct of its employees.
At Tierney Stauffer LLP, our malpractice team has over 30 years of experience working with clients to ensure they receive adequate financial compensation for injuries they’ve suffered at the hands of medical professionals. We work with clients to determine the outcome they require to ensure their needs are met long term, and then diligently strategizes to find the best path forward to secure what they require.
Types of Hospital Malpractice Claims
The following circumstances may give rise to a hospital malpractice claim:
- inadequate staffing
- sub-standard care
- improper diagnosis
- failure to diagnose
- failure to treat a patient
Client-Focused Legal Representation for Complex Hospital Malpractice Claims
Medical negligence cases can be very complex. Knowing who to sue is one of the challenges. Just because the negligence occurred at a hospital, does not mean that the hospital itself is responsible. In general, hospitals are liable for the negligence of their employees, but they are not responsible for the negligence of independent contractors, such as doctors. This is an important distinction that has an impact on many medical malpractice claims.
Nurses and support staff in hospitals are generally considered hospital employees. If a patient is injured by a nurse or a support staff worker, the patient can sue the hospital for the resulting injuries and damages. If the patient is a minor or is incapable of suing themselves, a family member can sue on their behalf. However, most doctors are considered independent contractors (although there are some who are considered employees). If your injuries were caused by a doctor, the hospital may not be liable for the actions of the doctor and your claim for damages must be brought against the doctor personally.
Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Advocating for Your Rights
At Tierney Stauffer LLP, we know how overwhelmed you may feel about the prospect of launching a hospital malpractice lawsuit. If you have a valid claim against a hospital, you need a strong advocate by your side to fight the hospital’s insurers and lawyers. Our lawyers have a great deal of experience working with clients on medical malpractice claims throughout Ontario. Their experience has given them a thorough understanding of the unique challenges faced by accident victims, including victims of medical errors and malpractice.
They place an emphasis on seeking what their clients will need over time, rather than looking to settle quickly. They will see a case through to the end to make sure their clients have the compensation they need to carry them through the rest of their lives.
Contact Tierney Stauffer LLP in Ottawa, Cornwall, Kingston & North Bay
At Tierney Stauffer LLP, our medical malpractice lawyers are passionate about defending your rights as a patient wronged by careless negligence from a trusted medical professional or the broader medical system. If you’ve been harmed in some way due to hospital malpractice, please reach out to us by telephone at 1-888-799-8057 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.