Victim of medical malpractice? Who is responsible?

Every year, a vast majority of Arizona residents seek medical help for one reason or another. Most walk away unharmed and even better off. There are a few, though, who may suffer physical and psychological injuries due to medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice can be a confusing thing. Some people who believe they are victims of malpractice are not. Medical providers are, according to the law, allowed to make mistakes. What they cannot do is breach their professional duty, causing their patients to suffer harm.

Medical malpractice applies to who?

When you think of medical malpractice, you may think only of physicians. The truth of the matter is, it takes a lot of staff doing different jobs in order for the health care field to properly function. Mistakes can be made on any of those levels resulting in a patient being hurt in the process.

So when thinking medical malpractice, it is okay to think of the nurses who treated you, the lab technicians who took and handled your specimens, the support staff handling any aspect of your case, and even the facility or practice owner where your injury occurred. It can go even further and cover pharmaceutical companies and medical supply manufacturers as well. In short, anyone whose negligence contributed to your injury may be held responsible for your losses.

What good can come from filing a claim?

Those who've suffered injuries as a result of medical malpractice may find their lives affected in a number of ways. Physically, financially and emotionally, you may feel beat. The good that can come from filing a claim is two-fold. One, if successful, you may achieve monetary relief that can help you as you strive to move forward. Second, again if successful, you may feel a sense of justice served by holding those responsible accountable for you losses.

Not sure if you have a claim?

If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a medical provider or other professional in the medical field, it is okay to question if medical malpractice contributed to the losses you have experienced as a result. Legal counsel can help you determine if you have a case and assist you in pursing compensation for you losses either in court or through out-of-court negotiations — if doing so is deemed appropriate.

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