Your Legal Options After a Hospital-Acquired Infection

Hospitals, clinics, and their employees have a duty to follow proper cleaning procedures to keep patients safe. If you acquire an infection due to a medical error, you may be eligible for financial compensation. You could file a lawsuit against the at-fault healthcare provider and, in many cases, the medical facility.

If the provider responsible for the infection is an employee of the hospital or clinic, you can name the facility in your lawsuit. If the at-fault provider is not an employee but an independent contractor, the facility would not be liable unless one of the following circumstances apply.

  • The at-fault provider appeared to be an employee of the hospital and the hospital did not inform the patient that the provider is a contractor.
  • The hospital was aware that the at-fault provider was negligent or incompetent and kept him or her on its staff.

Navigating a medical malpractice claim can be a challenge. As soon as possible following your infection, contact a Missouri medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your legal options. Your attorney can help build your case and strategize your next steps.

Robert Norfleet
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, car accident, wrongful death and personal injury clients.