Who can be sued for medical malpractice?

Under the laws of the State of Illinois, if you are injured by the negligent act or omission of a doctor, nurse, dentist or other health care provider or facility you may be able to bring a legal claim for negligence or medical malpractice. If you are able to prove medical malpractice and you have suffered injuries at the hands of a medical professional in Chicago or the Suburbs you may be entitled to thousands of dollars for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!!

At the law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin, Chicago, we are honored to protect and fight for victims of medical malpractice. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, Attorney Dan Newlin understands firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Northern Illinois and Chicago recover for injuries resulting from a medical professional’s negligence. On many occasions we find that medical malpractice victims many times involve have more severe injuries and often times are left with permanent physical and emotional incapacitating injuries. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you!

We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced medical malpractice attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago medical malpractice attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your medical malpractice case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

Oftentimes your medical malpractice injuries are related only to the negligent act or omission of the doctor who treated you and in that case, even if your injuries occurred at a hospital, the hospital is typically not legally liable for its doctors’ actions. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced medical malpractice attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

In reality, hospitals are only responsible for the actions or omissions of their own employees such as paramedics, nurses and medical technicians on staff at the hospitals. Notwithstanding, there are still numerous reasons why a hospital may still not be responsible for its own employees’ actions. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago medical malpractice attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you!

If someone is a hospital employee, the hospital is legally liable if the employee hurts you through incompetent actions or omissions. The hospital will typically be on the hook for the employee’s negligence as long as that employee was acting within the course and scope of their employment at the hospital. In other words, as long as the employee was performing the task that they were hired to perform at the hospital, the hospital will more than likely be held responsible for that employee’s actions.

However, if the same employee is taking direct instructions from a non-employee doctor and based on those instructions the hospital employee commits malpractice, then the hospital will likely not be held liable for those particular actions and injuries. These questions will almost always focus on how much control the independent doctor was exercising over the hospital employee when the act that led to the medical malpractice occurred. This situation arises many times where negligence occurs in the operating room and the doctor is responsible for providing direct instruction. If you have questions about your medical malpractice case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation.

Contrast the above employee with a doctor who is an independent contractor of the hospital. If this independent contractor doctor commits a negligent act or omission and injures you or a family member while providing medical care at a hospital, you are more than likely not going to be able to hold the hospital responsible and your sole recourse will be to bring a medical malpractice legal action against the doctor.

This independent contractor and employee relationships are typically defined in the original employment agreement between the doctor and hospital. Note that most doctors nowadays are independent contractors of the facilities they work in, which means that the hospitals are not going to be held legally responsible for the actions of the negligent doctor although the actions occurred at the hospital. Irrespective of the employment agreement between the doctor and the hospital, an experienced medical malpractice lawyer will seek out the necessary evidence, such as if the hospital controls the doctor’s working hours and vacation time, or if the hospital sets the fees the doctor can charge, in order to hold the hospital responsible for the actions of the doctor. Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago medical malpractice attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you!

As with any general rule, there are always exceptions. The medical malpractice laws are going to hold the hospitals liable for the actions of the independent doctors irrespective of any pre-defined relationship when, for example, the hospital fails to clearly present that the doctor is not a hospital employee to the malpractice victim. In this situation, an experienced medical malpractice attorney should be able to hold the hospital responsible for the doctor’s negligence.

Many hospitals try to get around this representation problem by placing disclosures of the doctor-hospital relationship in their admission forms. However, if you are being treated in the emergency room, the hospital’s responsibility to inform you of the doctor-hospital relationship is more difficult in light of the emergency situation. Oftentimes an ER medical malpractice victim will indeed be able to sue the hospital for the ER doctor’s negligence. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced medical malpractice attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Finally, if a hospital knowingly contracts an incompetent doctor or knows of the likelihood the doctor is incompetent then the hospital will be held responsible regardless of any pre-defined relationship. For example, if hospital management knows a doctor has an addiction to drugs or alcohol and allows him to continue practicing medicine at their facility, the law will allow a medical malpractice victim to hold the hospital responsible for the doctor’s negligence irrespective of any pre-defined relationship.

If you or a family member suspect you are the victim of medical malpractice, speak with the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at the law offices of attorney Dan Newlin to make sure you receive all the benefits and compensation you are entitled to as a result of your injury. My staff and I always consider it an honor to be contacted by the people of Chicago or the Suburbs who have suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent medical professional, and we will always be ready to listen to all of your concerns over the damages and losses you have suffered as a result of their medical malpractice. On many occasions we find that medical malpractice victims many times left with more severe physical and emotional injuries then victims of other types of negligence. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers will fight for you. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced medical malpractice attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.

If you have questions about your medical malpractice case call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.