Sometimes, physicians are simply not capable of adequately performing their work. This may be due to impairment from sleep deprivation or drug or alcohol consumption. Often, the doctor may not have the requisite training and skill required to perform his or her duties. If the doctor has failed to comply with accepted medical standards, he or she can be held liable for the injuries that the patient sustained. Because doctors are usually independent contractors and not actual employees of the hospitals where they perform their duties, hospitals are not usually held liable for their mistakes.
Malpractice committed by a medical professional can have devastating consequences on patients and their families. If you have been injured due to a medical error, please contact one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Napoli Shkolnik, Attorneys at Law at (212) 397-1000 for a free consultation.