When people think of medical malpractice, doctors are typically what first comes to mind. However, these suits are not limited to doctors and in fact extend to all health-care professionals, including some you may not realize.
Medical malpractice occurs when you are harmed by any medical professional who fails to competently perform their medical duties. This can include failure to diagnose a condition, improper treatment or failure to warn you about known risks.
Who Can Be Sued
Under this general definition of medical malpractice, the following types of providers can be sued for medical malpractice:
- Advanced practitioners, such as nurse anesthetists, nurse-midwives, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and others
- Hospitals and other health-care facilities, including urgent care centers and medical practices
- Pharmaceutical companies if they fail to warn physicians of a drug’s potential side effects or dangers
- Therapists and psychologists
When in Doubt
If you’ve experienced injury or harm due to the negligence of a health-care provider, not limited to doctors, you should speak with an attorney who has expertise in medical malpractice as soon as possible, as there are strict statutes of limitations for these cases—in Massachusetts, it’s three years.
An experienced attorney can advise you as to the type of case you may have, such as medical malpractice or a personal injury, and what is required. For example, in a medical malpractice case, you must show that a patient-provider relationship existed, that the provider was negligent, that their negligence caused harm, and that the harm led to specific damages.
Having the right attorney in your corner is important. If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call to review your case.