Can I Sue My Hospital?

Many clients come into our offices ready to sue their doctors, surgeons or other medical professionals over medical negligence. During our conversation with them, however, or while developing their case, it can become obvious that their hospital was also at fault.

It is possible to sue a hospital for medical malpractice. In fact, you can sue both the medical professionals who caused you harm and your hospital in the same medical malpractice case. The key is knowing when it is right to sue a hospital for medical negligence.

That’s where we come in.

At Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, in Chicago, Illinois, we will evaluate your case and help you determine who can be held accountable for the medical negligence that injured you. In addition to being trial-tested courtroom lawyers dedicated to medical malpractice, some of our lawyers are also board-certified physicians who can help you understand what went wrong and who is responsible.

You can always contact us to learn more about the many reasons why an injured patient or the family of a deceased patient may sue a hospital for medical malpractice, including:

  • Improper training of hospital staff
  • Poor record keeping/losing patient records
  • Defective hospital equipment
  • Improper staffing levels
  • An unsafe environment or unsafe hospital procedures
  • Hospital employee negligence

This last bullet point — hospital employee negligence — can be confusing. In many cases, medical professionals (such as surgeons) are independent contractors and there are situations where a hospital cannot be sued for their negligence. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can tell you whether a hospital is responsible for the actions of these “independent” doctors. Other professionals, such as nurses and technicians, are hospital employees for whom the hospital is responsible under a legal standard called “respondeat superior” (an employer is liable for the actions of an employee while on the job).

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Contact the hospital malpractice attorneys at Cirignani Heller & Harman for a free consultation to discuss whom you can hold accountable for medical malpractice. Call us at 312-346-8700. You can also contact us online.

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At Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, we represent Illinois clients in Chicago and throughout Cook County, including the cities of Cicero, Elgin, Schaumburg, Oak Park, Maywood, Berwyn, Elmhurst, Evanston, Skokie, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Palatine and Hoffman Estates. We also help clients in DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County, Will County and Winnebago County. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice in Illinois, CHH Law is the law firm with attorneys that can help.

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