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Defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits vary

Many questions come up when you are injured by a medical professional. One of the primary ones is going to be what you are able to do about the harm you suffered. For many people, the answer to that question is to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

There are many different directions where a medical malpractice lawsuit might go. One of these has to do with the defendant you will name in the lawsuit. Believe it or not, the doctor over your case isn't always the party that will be named here.

If the issue was caused by a pharmaceutical, there is a chance that the manufacturer of that product might be liable. These entities have a duty to ensure that the products they put out are reasonably safe. If there is an issue with the safety of the drug, the company might be the defendant in your case.

There is a chance that the medical team who is overseeing your care might be liable for the medication error. If this is the case, the parties who made the error would be the defendants.

You might also be able to hold the hospital where you were receiving care accountable in your lawsuit. This is thanks to the concept of vicarious liability. The hospital hired the medical professional who made the error, which could mean that the hospital is responsible for the injuries you suffered.

Ultimately, it is in your best interests to look carefully at anyone who might be liable for the harm you have to deal with. This might help you name the appropriate parties as defendants in the case.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical Malpractice: Who Can Be Sued?," accessed Dec. 06, 2017

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