Hospital negligence actually may be divided into two categories: medical malpractice and standard negligence.
1. Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice is when a medical provider fails to act in the same manner as a reasonably prudent medical provider would act in the same situation and the act of the medical provider injures the patient.
With hospitals, the medical provider can be doctors, nurses, lab personnel, and other hospital staff personnel. And because all of these individual providers are employees and agents of the hospital, if any one of them fails to act the same way as their reasonably prudent fellow providers would act and a patient is injured, then the hospital may be liable to pay compensation for the injuries.
2. Standard Negligence
Hospitals have a duty to take care of their patients even aside from providing medical treatment. For example, hospitals have a duty to safely transport patients from their room to areas of the hospital where the patient will receive treatment. If a hospital fails in it’s duty to take care of a patient and the patient is injured, then the hospital may be liable to pay compensation for the injury. In the example, if a patient falls while going from his/her rood to the operating room and is injured by the fall, the hospital may have to pay compensation for the injury.
The above is general information only. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a lawyer licensed in your state.