Most Arizona patients trust their health care providers, whether they are doctors, surgeons, nurses and even pharmaceutical companies, to take care of all of their medical needs. However, mistakes that can cause severe injury or even death are sometimes made. If something goes wrong and a disorder or disease is not diagnosed, is misdiagnosed or is not properly treated, an injured patient may be able to file a lawsuit against those who were involved in his or her care.
In certain medical malpractice cases, multiple parties can be named as defendants. While the doctors and staff members who are responsible for the care of their patients can be held accountable, injured patients may also hold hospitals or health care facilities from which they received care liable. For example, hospitals are required to ensure that there are an appropriate number of licensed staff members on hand and are responsible for protecting their patients from any harm.
In certain circumstances, pharmaceutical companies can also be held liable in medical malpractice lawsuits. For example, if a patient suffers a side effect from a drug but the physician was not warned of the potential risk, the company can be named as a defendant. In most cases, however, physicians prescribing drugs are considered learned intermediaries and may be held responsible if they do not discuss known risks or side effects with their patients.
If a patient suffers an injury because of doctor or hospital negligence, he or she may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. By doing so, the injured patient may be able to recover the cost of any medical bills that were incurred during the treatment or correction of any medical mistakes that were made. The patient may also receive compensation for pain and suffering.
Source: Findlaw.com, "Medical Malpractice: Who Can Be Sued?", July 17, 2014