Who Can You Sue for Compensation for Medical Negligence?
When you want to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, you need to know which parties can be held accountable for your injuries. You may think that only the doctor who worked with you can be held accountable, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, you can pursue compensation from the hospital itself, the manufacturers of medications or machinery the hospital used, nurses, or other staff members.
Medical malpractice lawsuits aren’t limited to seeking compensation from medical doctors. You could choose to sue pharmacies or pharmaceutical companies, for instance, if a medication you took had impurities and caused you injuries. In your case, you may have multiple people who could be held responsible.
Here’s an example. You go to the hospital with chest pain and are released without assistance because your scans show no sign of injury. Then, you get a second opinion and are told you actually had two broken ribs that had gone untreated.
In this case, you would potentially be able to sue the original doctor and hospital, the X-ray team reading the X-ray, and potentially the X-ray machine’s manufacturer if a fault was the reason your injury didn’t show up to doctors. In your case, when you want to pursue compensation, you need to show how each of these parties was negligent in your treatment. Slow treatment times, misreading X-rays, X-ray machine malfunctions, and other issues can all be linked to negligence in this particular case. If you can show that you were released without help when you were still in pain, this can also help you prove that your hospital didn’t reach the appropriate standard of care.