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Can a hospital be sued for negligent doctors?

When a Pittsburgh resident needs to go to the hospital they generally have a serious medical condition. The doctors who a patient may see in the hospital can be from many different areas. If the patient is a victim of a medical mistake, can they hold the hospital accountable for negligently granting hospital privilege to the doctor who made the mistake in a medical malpractice lawsuit?

No one anticipates becoming the victim of a medical mistake while they are in the hospital. But for thousands of people across the United States this has become a reality. When patients have been the victims of a medical mistake they may wonder who they can hold responsible. Hospitals often grant privileges to doctors to allow them to admit patients, treat patients in the hospital or perform surgery in the hospital without being an employee of the hospital. Hospitals screen these doctors before they allow them privileges. This process usually has the hospital reviewing the doctor's credentials, education, competence, licenses, board certification, work history, criminal background and malpractice history. A hospital has the duty to grant privileges to competent doctors. So, if a patient in a Pennsylvania believes that the doctor was not qualified they can hold the hospital responsible and bring a direct claim against them. This can be in addition to a medical malpractice claim against the doctor who made the mistake.

A patients and their families who believes they have been the victim of medical malpractice may want to speak with a legal professional. An attorney is skilled at reviewing medical records, physician records, consulting with medical experts and determining what happened to cause the injury. They can hold the negligent party responsible. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Hospitals may be held liable if they are found to allow hospital privileges to doctors with questionable credentials. An attorney can help a family get the answers they deserve.

Source:, "Can hospitals be sued for negligently granted privileges?", Michael Ksiazek, Dec. 9, 2015

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