When Can You File a Lawsuit Against a Hospital?

Hospital liability in medical malpractice claims can be complex. In situations where you suffered malpractice due to the actions of a hospital employee, such as a nurse or medical assistant, you can almost certainly file a lawsuit against the facility. However, many doctors are not hospital employees; they are often independent contractors who operate out of the facility.

If the at-fault party is an independent contractor, liability becomes more complicated. You can hold a hospital responsible for a contractor’s actions under two scenarios.

  • The hospital failed to inform you that the doctor was an independent contractor and he or she appeared to be a hospital employee.
  • The doctor had a history of dangerous or negligent behavior, the hospital was aware of this history, and the hospital failed to take action against the doctor.

If your case does not fall under those two scenarios, you will need to file a claim against the doctor directly. Speak to an attorney at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet to determine who may be liable.

Contact a Kansas City Hospital Negligence Lawyer

Hospitals are supposed to be safe facilities where we can receive proper care. If you are the victim of hospital negligence, you may be eligible for financial compensation — and the Kansas City medical malpractice attorneys at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet can help.

Our lawyers will utilize our firm’s network of resources and expert witnesses to craft a compelling case for your recovery. 

Spencer Eisenmenger
Helping Kansas City area medical malpractice, product liability, birth injury and personal injury clients.