Alaska Medical Malpractice Law Firm for More Than 20 Years
Helping patients harmed by hospital negligence
Under a legal theory known as respondeat superior, an injured party can sue the employer of a negligent worker who caused the harm. In some cases, an injured patient may have a valid claim against a hospital for the actions and omissions of its medical personnel. Therefore, if a healthcare provider is negligent, the hospital in which he or she works may be liable as well. During more than 20 years of practice, Dillon & Findley has successfully litigated against the major hospitals in Alaska and has in-depth knowledge of their practices, procedures and systems.
Do you bring a claim against the doctor and the hospital?
Hospitals have attorneys who understand the limits of respondeat superior. These attorneys know that medical doctors and surgeons are the most likely personnel to incur liability, so the attorneys have advised the hospitals to define their relationship to these doctors as something other than employer-employee. As a result, many doctors practice at hospitals as independent contractors. They enjoy hospital privileges but are not technically employees. In this way, hospitals shield themselves from liability for surgical mistakes and other negligent acts.
However, if a person acts like an employee and the institution acts like an employer, it does not matter what they call themselves. It is possible through a close examination of the hospital’s procedures and protocols to uncover facts that point toward an employment relationship. Dillon & Findley, P.C. has the resources, knowledge and experience to make an accurate assessment of the potential for hospital negligence in a malpractice action against a doctor. This may include asserting that the hospital was negligent for granting privileges to a doctor whom administrators should have known would perform below the acceptable standard of care.
Negligence actions against a hospital for the errors of its staff
Many full-time employees of a hospital have direct contact with patients and can cause harm through negligent actions and omissions. The hospital has a duty to hire qualified personnel and provide the training and oversight necessary to maintain an acceptable level of patient care. Unfortunately, many hospitals suffer deficiencies in staffing and management, which gives rise to harmful conduct, such as:
- Using unsterilized or defective equipment
- Administering the wrong dosage of medication
- Failing to keep proper records
- Ignoring patient complaints or symptoms
- Failing to report critical lab values
- Giving the wrong type of food to a patient
- Failing to coordinate care
- Failing to follow physician’s orders
- Failing to notify appropriate supervisors of problems with a doctor’s care
Uncovering hospital negligence requires meticulous investigation and painstaking attention to detail. Dillon & Findley has the resources and professionalism to pursue these types of cases to a successful conclusion.
Call Dillon & Findley, P.C. today for a free consultation.
From our office in Anchorage, Dillon & Findley serves all of Alaska. We offer a free initial consultation for all legal issues. For hospital negligence cases, our firm advances all litigation costs. You do not pay our attorney’s fees unless the case resolves favorably. Our office is located in downtown Anchorage near the U.S. District Court, Alaska Supreme Court and Alaska Superior Court.