Every year, many patients are unfortunately injured by medical malpractice when they seek the medical care and treatment that they need. When this happens, who may be held responsible when victims are injured by negligent medical care? It helps for victims to know.
Personal injury legal protections can help victims of medical malpractice and their families recover compensation for the injuries and harm they have suffered. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, there may be multiple parties involved that will need to be included in a lawsuit.
Possible parties to a medical malpractice claim
First, negligent medical care providers – doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists and other medical care providers – are usually those directly involved in the actions that caused the injury. A doctor may misdiagnose an illness, a surgeon may operate on the wrong area, or an anesthesiologist may fail to properly manage a patient who is under anesthesia. In such cases, that caretaker may be included in a personal injury action.
In addition, sometimes the care facility may be liable for medical malpractice in different ways. This can include by failing to safely and securely maintain the facility and premises or negligently selecting and maintaining equipment. Hospitals can also be liable for medical malpractice by negligently hiring and retaining employees who provide negligent medical care; by failing to properly staff the hospital; or by failing to properly train their staff.
Medical malpractice can be costly for victims and their families in physical, financial and emotional ways. For that reason, it is important for those impacted to be familiar with how a medical malpractice claim may be able to help them recover compensation for their damages and hold a negligent medical care provider accountable. A claim for damages may help victims receive the help they need with their physical, financial and emotional damages.