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Who Can Be Sued for Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice cases are notoriously complex, and it often takes a thorough investigation to determine who breached their duty of care. Sometimes, multiple parties share legal responsibility. It is important to discuss your specific case with a qualified attorney if you believe you have been affected by medical negligence. Some parties who may be found liable for malpractice include:
- Physicians and surgeons: When we think of medical malpractice, many of us picture doctors making treatment errors. While doctors and physicians do carry significant responsibility for treating patients responsibly, they are often only component in a system that caused the injury.
- Nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners: Nurses are on the front lines of patient care, administering medications, moving patients and alerting doctors to changes in a patient’s condition. Nurses who fail to meet this standard of care may be found negligent.
- Pharmacists: Pharmacists may be liable if they fill a prescription incorrectly and it results in injury. In some cases, pharmacists may also carry legal responsibility if they failed to check for harmful drug interactions, confirming with a doctor if they have concerns about a prescription, and warning patients of possible side effects.
- Radiology techs and other lab technicians: Sometimes, treating doctors rely on technicians to conduct tests and interpret the results. If a medical test was administered or read incorrectly, it could result in harm to the patient.
- Hospitals or clinics where malpractice occurred: Depending on the employment relationship between the negligent care provider and the hospital where they are employed, the hospital itself may be held legally responsible for harm caused by employees.
- Urgent care centers and emergency rooms: These facilities provide essential care at a fast pace, which creates opportunity for medical mistakes. Misdiagnosis, treatment errors and a lack of follow-up in these settings can result in a medical malpractice claim.
- Pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers: These parties are usually beholden to health care providers rather than patients so they are not typically named in medical malpractice lawsuits. However, it may be possible to bring a product liability claim if you were hurt by a dangerous drug or defective medical device.
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