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Who can be held liable for medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice legal protections serve an important purpose for those who have been injured or otherwise harmed by careless or negligent medical care. Medical malpractice can leave its mark on victims and their families which is why they should understand who may be held responsible for the damages they have suffered.

A personal injury claim for damages can help victims injured by medical malpractice recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. Parties that may be considered liable to compensate victims of medical malpractice for their damages can include:

  • Medical care providers – medical care providers who may be responsible for medical malpractice can include doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other medical care professionals. Medical care professionals can be liable for medical errors, surgical errors and medication errors among other instances of medical negligence.
  • Hospitals – hospitals may be liable for their own negligence or the negligence of staff. Hospitals can be liable for negligently hiring and retaining employees; for negligently training or supervising employees; for understaffing; for poorly maintained equipment; or for not properly maintaining or securing the facility.
  • Pharmaceutical companies – in some situations, pharmaceutical companies may be liable for a failure to warn of potential side effects or dangers of a pharmaceutical drug.

Being let down by a medical care provider can be disappointing and overwhelming. A medical malpractice claim for damages can help injured victims and their families when a medical care provider has failed to meet the standard of care expected of them and due to the victim.


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