Whom Can I Sue For Medical Malpractice?

When people think of medical malpractice, their minds instantly turn to doctors. While doctors are most often sued for malpractice, the law also applies to nurses, pharmacists, anesthesiologists, and the companies that employ these professionals. Generally speaking, if you entrusted your health to someone and were injured as a result, you can sue for medical malpractice. If you are the victim of medical malpractice in Charleston, here is who you might name in your lawsuit.

Hospital

The hospital itself did not cause you harm. As a physical entity, it is impossible. That said, the hospital as a whole can be held vicariously liable for your injuries because they employed the person who caused them.

A hospital may be named in a lawsuit for a number of reasons. These include a lack of employee training, improper safety protocols, and negligent supervision. Your lawyer will advise you if you have reason to name a hospital in your lawsuit.

Pharmaceutical Company

In some cases, albeit few, a pharmaceutical company can be held liable for a patient’s injuries. This is only true when the company failed to inform physicians of a risk associated with the drug. Pharmaceutical company’s primary responsibility is to medical professionals, not patients.

Care Centers

Like hospitals, care centers can be named in medical malpractice lawsuits. Elder care centers, hospice facilities, assisted living centers, rehabilitation centers and the like can be named in malpractice lawsuits. If these centers do not properly train their employees, fail to train or supervise their employees or do not have proper health and safety protocols in place, they may be held liable for a patient’s harm.

It can be difficult to determine if you have a successful medical malpractice case. This is why you need an experienced attorney. Call the office of Howell & Christmas if you believe that you or a loved one are the victim of medical error or negligence. We will review your case at no dost to you and advise you of your options. Call now.

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