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Who can be held accountable in a medical malpractice suit?

What happens when things go wrong during your treatment? It is a fear that haunts many people as they prepare to go into medical care. Fortunately, medical personnel are often diligent and professional, doing everything in their power to ensure their patients receive a good standard of care. Sadly, this is not always the case and some patients suffer serious injuries or fatal complications as a result of medical malpractice.

We have discussed previously the potentially devastating effects of surgical errors. However, there are far more ways in which malpractice can occur. The administration of the wrong medication, or the wrong dose can have severe repercussions, for example. In other cases, a condition may be missed or misdiagnosed. This can allow the true problem to grow worse while it is left untreated.

When situations like this arise, it is natural to want to seek compensation for the harm done to you. Medical malpractice can leave its victims with permanent disabilities and reduced quality of life. They may even require long-term care. If you plan to challenge those responsible, it is important to consider who may be liable.

As is explained here, this may include the doctor, if he or she did not adhere to accepted standards of medical practice. The hospital itself may also be liable, for example if an adequate level of sanitation was not provided, or staff had not been given sufficient training. Even agencies on a local, state or federal level may be liable if the poor operation of the hospital is deemed to fall under their jurisdiction.

The thought of going through legal proceedings when you are already struggling with the aftermath of your experiences may seem daunting. However, you do not need to face it alone. An attorney can support you through this trying period and may be able to assist you with your claim.

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