Who Can Be Held Responsible for Medical Malpractice?

As long as a patient is not responsible for their illness or injury in any way, they may be able to obtain compensation for their situation by filing a medical malpractice claim. In order for such a claim to be successful, however, they must be able to establish negligence on behalf of a third party. This can be very difficult to do since hospitals, doctors, and pharmacies operate under strict waivers and attempt to deny liability in any way. That is why it is vital to hire an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer. Only then can you obtain the evidence needed to prove the liability of a negligent medical professional.

Establishing Negligence

Doctors: Many cases of medical malpractice are the result of doctor error. In order to recover damages for such cases, you must prove that a doctor was grossly negligent and made a mistake that could have been avoided if he or she had taken the appropriate precautions. Common claims filed against doctors include birth injury claims, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, and medication errors due to prescription error.

Nurses: Although nurses usually operate under the direction of a doctor, they could still be held responsible for certain cases of injury. They too can cause a prescription error, or an infection could set in due to their use of contaminated instruments. If your injury or illness can be traced back to a nurse's unnecessary mistake or negligence, a claim could be filed against them to recover your damages.

Surgeons: Many medical malpractice cases are the result of surgical error. Surgeons can cause postoperative infections by leaving objects inside a patient or by using contaminated instruments. They could also cause undue pain and suffering due to anesthesia errors or could operate on the wrong site altogether. An excellent attorney could help you obtain evidence of such negligence and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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