Who should be held accountable for my surgical error?
Surgical errors happen often and in a number of ways. Examples of surgical errors include making an erroneous incision, operating on the wrong part of the body, administering an incorrect amount of anesthesia or other medication, and even leaving a surgical implement inside a patient. If a surgical error happened to you, there are multiple entities which may be blamed, including the surgeon, a nurse or other medical assistant, the anesthesiologist, a pharmacist, or the hospital itself. There are a number of ways in which a hospital and its staff can be found negligent in the event of a surgical error. Speak with a personal injury attorney to learn more.
Is it possible to sue someone other than my doctor for medical malpractice?
Yes. A medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed against any and all medical professional, including doctors, nurses, physical therapist, and medical technicians.
Can medical students be sued for medical malpractice?
Yes. Medical students are not seasoned doctors or nurses, and they certainly need the knowledge of hands-on training to complete their education, but if a medical student makes a mistake that puts a patient in harm’s way, he or she can be held accountable.
In fact, medical students are insured with medical malpractice coverage in case a mistake occurs during their training. Either the school at which the students are enrolled will supply this coverage or the facility in which they are training will supply the coverage.
Can a dentist commit medical malpractice?
Yes. A dentist who has failed to provide good dental care to a patient or has caused injury to the patient due to his or her negligence has committed dental malpractice.