Medical malpractice harms victims and their families. For that reason, both victims of medical malpractice and their families need to be familiar with who can be liable for medical malpractice and the legal resources available to protect victims.
Who can be liable for medical malpractice?
A variety of different parties can be liable for medical malpractice including:
- Medical care providers: medical care professionals, including doctors, nurses, surgeons and anesthesiologists, can all be liable for medical malpractice if their medical negligence caused injuries or other harm to the victim. If the medical care provider provides medical care or treatment that falls below the standard of care, they may be liable for medical malpractice.
- Hospital negligence: hospitals may be liable in a variety of different ways for medical malpractice. They may be liable for the medical negligence of their employees and staff. Hospitals can be liable for negligent hiring, training or retention of staff; understaffing; or negligently selecting or maintaining the premises or equipment used in the facility.
- Pharmaceutical companies: pharmaceutical companies can be liable for a defective drug if they failed to warn doctors or others of the potential dangers or side effects of a pharmaceutical drug.
How can the compensation help you?
Medical malpractice damages and a medical malpractice claim can potentially help victims with their physical, financial and emotional harm which can include harmed caused to victims or their family members. Legal protections can help hold a negligent medical care provider accountable and get injured victims help with the harm they suffered at the hands of a trust medical care professional.