A: In general, Pennsylvania hospitals can be sued for negligence or malpractice. Under Pennsylvania medical malpractice law, hospitals can be sued for failing to use reasonable care in maintenance of its facilities or failing to have appropriate policies and procedures in place. In many cases where a doctor or surgeon commits the actual act of malpractice, the hospital where the procedure took place can also be sued in addition to the doctor or surgeon.
However, one critical issue in many hospital and emergency room malpractice cases is whether the case is barred by the statute of limitations. In any Pennsylvania medical malpractice case, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury. However, if the patient was unable to uncover the negligence, despite exercising reasonable diligence, then the statute of limitations may be tolled.
For more information, contact our Pennsylvania hospital emergency room lawyers at 215.925.4451. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation.
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Published: September 10, 2012