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Hospital Violates Its Own Rules & Regulations- Is That Some Evidence of Negligence in New York?

Posted by attorney Gerald Oginski

Something bad happened while you're in the hospital and you believe the hospital violated its own rules, regulations and procedures. What does that mean?

Every hospital in New York has written rules, regulations and protocol that they must follow.

What happens if, while treating a patient, the hospital staff and its doctors fail to follow their own rules and regulations?

When that happens and you bring a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries, we ask the court to instruct the jury at the end of the case that the violations are some evidence of negligence or carelessness. The jury is allowed to determine what weight those violations will carry when deciding whether or not they were departures from good and accepted medical care.

Simply because there was a violation of a rule or regulation does not in and of itself mean that the violation resulted in your injury. There are multiple steps that must be answered first in order for the jury to come to that conclusion.

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