Is a hospital liable if a patient slips and falls?

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Is a hospital liable if a patient slips and falls?

A hospital may or may not be liable for a patient’s damages after a slip and fall, depending upon the circumstances. In some cases, a fall might constitute medical malpractice or a premises liability claim, but not always. Given the complex nature of these types of accidents, you will want to take your case to a slip and fall attorney in your area to discuss liability.

Hospital Liability for Slip and Falls

To hold a hospital liable for injuries, there are several elements that must be present. First, you’ll need to show that the hospital owed you a duty of care. If you’re a patient at the hospital who is undergoing treatment, or even a visitor, the hospital has a legal obligation to you to keep their premises reasonably safe.

Next, you will have to show that the hospital was somehow unreasonably negligent in their duties. For medical malpractice cases, you will also need to show that the doctor or nurse made a mistake that fell short of the standard of care that other professionals in their position would not have made.

There are a lot of ways staff or administration can act negligently that may constitute a liability, such as the following.

  • The nurse administers the wrong medication dosage, and the high dosage causes the patient to lose her balance and fall (medical malpractice).
  • The doctor fails to recognize that a patient has had a stroke and leaves the patient unattended who then falls as a result (medical malpractice).
  • The hospital cleaning staff failed to mop up spilled fluid or failed to put up wet floor warning signage (premises liability).
  • A nurse leaves an IV cart in the middle of a walkway, and a patient or visitor trips over the cord or equipment.

You will then have to show that the hospital’s negligence was the cause of your injuries, and that had they not made a mistake, you wouldn’t have suffered harm. Lastly, you will need to provide proof that you were hurt and sustained damages. If you fell but weren’t hurt, you can’t sue because there is nothing to attribute to the hospital in terms of fault.

Our Slip and Fall Lawyers in PA Can Help You Recover

If you or your loved one sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident at a hospital in Pennsylvania, you are welcome to contact Cordisco & Saile LLC for a free case evaluation. Your slip and fall lawyer can determine if the hospital is liable and then help you take the steps necessary to pursue compensation for your damages. Call the office today at 215-642-2335 and schedule a free consultation. 

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