Being injured while under the care of a doctor is something that most people can’t even imagine will happen to them. When this does occur, you should consider that a reason to take action. One of the options you have is to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Michigan laws provide some very strict protections for patients. When these protections aren’t respected and you suffer an injury, you will need to determine who is going to be held liable for the damages. There are several options to consider when you are trying to figure out this point for your case.
The doctor or nurse
One of the most obvious choices to consider is the actual person who was caring for you. This is most often the doctor or nurse who was overseeing your care at the time of the injury. Because doctors and nurses are licensed by special boards, it is possible to file a complaint against them to the board. Make sure that you have adequate information about the people who cared for you when you were injured so that you can hold them accountable.
The medical facility
If you were a patient at a medical facility, such as a hospital, at the time of the injury, you might be able to hold that facility accountable. Hospitals might be held accountable for the actions of the people they employ through the concept of respondeat superior. Naming the hospital in the lawsuit is likely an accusation of negligence with regard to their employing the person who caused your injury.
A pharmaceutical company
If the injury you suffered was because of a problem with a pharmaceutical product, the pharmaceutical company might be held liable. Mislabeled drugs or tainted drugs are two examples of when this might be possible. This could be a difficult one to prove because the pharmaceutical company is responsible to the physician, not the patient. Ultimately, an evaluation of your case can let you know if this is a viable option.
A combination of parties
It is often possible to name a combination of parties as defendants in a medical malpractice lawsuit. It is important for you to name any party that might be liable in your claim so that you can ensure you are exercising every possibility to get the compensation that you deserve for the pain, suffering and economical damages that you suffered because of the medical professional’s lack of proper care for you.