Hospital Corporate Responsibility
Kentucky Medical Malpractice Cases
Our Kentucky medical malpractice attorneys use medical and nursing experts to evaluate medical records, films, test results and other facts when considering allegations of medical malpractice or medical negligence. Often, it is important to also consider the hospital's corporate responsibility. Hospital responsibility can be based upon failures to follow orders, hospital policies and procedures, nursing negligence, etc. However, hospitals can also be alleged to be responsible to their patients for poor corporate responsibility. Hospital administration experts can assist lawyers by reviewing medical malpractice from a different perspective.
Hospitals must comply with accreditation standards, licensure regulations and administrative policies and procedures. Hospitals have the responsibility to focus on patient safety and quality of care. Not only is it important to confirm that hospitals have proper and up to date policies and procedures, but it is important to confirm that the policies and procedures were followed by nurses, hospital staff (hospitalists (hospital doctors), radiology and other technicians, nurse anesthetists, etc) and administrators.
A review of the hospital's potential corporate responsibility in a Kentucky Medical Malpractice case often begins with consideration of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standards. Relevant consideration goes to issues such as the "time out" procedure prior to starting an operation, whether hospital employees, such as nurses, made certain the surgeon or other doctor followed the proper policies and procedures and an evaluation of the nurses' performance.
Credentialing and privileges is an area of law that is developing in Kentucky cases. This topic addresses the hospital's responsibility to properly select, investigate and monitor the doctors that are granted privileges, or the right to work at the hospital. Many, if not most, doctors are not employees of the hospital. They must be granted permission, or privileges, to work in the hospital. Hospitals must do due diligence and investigate the doctor's history, qualifications, skill and experience prior to granting privileges. The hospital must also monitor the doctors to whom it grants privileges toward the goal of extending competent and safe care to the patients.
Contact a Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has questions about the potential for the hospital to be responsible in your allegation of a Medical Malpractice case in Kentucky, contact Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC at (502) 242-8877.