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Defendants can be many, varied in a medical malpractice action

Say that you’re an Illinois resident who was injured while receiving medical care. You strongly suspect that the care provided was shoddy and that it was a direct catalyst in the medical harm visited upon you.

As you replay the care scenario in your head and contemplate taking legal action to compensate for the losses you have suffered (for many people, those commonly include medical expenses, lost income through an inability to work, and future costs for therapy and rehabilitation), you wonder about the parties who can be named as defendants in a malpractice complaint.

That type of musing is common and reasonable, since it is based on culpability in an unquestionably complex work arena. Medical commentators across the country frequently voice disagreement on various matters, but there is seldom any variance in their conclusion that the medical field is singularly complex.

That complexity can make it difficult for an injured lay person to identify potential defendants in a malpractice action. Yes, doctors frequently come to the fore in such actions, given their centrality in the system, but other actors also play key roles in care delivery.

Tragically, that care is sometimes deficiently delivered, with the source of negligence not being immediately apparent. That uncertainty is noted in a tract entitled “Who Can Be Sued?” that appears online courtesy of a national news provider.

The role of an experienced plaintiffs’ malpractice attorney importantly includes rendering of assistance to a victim that will help sort out any confusion on the matter.

It might turn out that one doctor alone surfaces prominently as the source of substandard care that caused patient harm. Alternatively, though, a thorough investigation can reveal that hospital administrators also share culpability for negligence that brought about injury. Nurses, too, can harm patients through care delivery that strays unreasonably from the standard of care that governs their profession. Similar standards apply to lab technicians, medical specialists in all fields and other medical actors who are involved in providing health care services.

Many complex matters can mark malpractice litigation in a given case. Often, that complexity surfaces early on, with the proper identification of potentially liable parties being at issue.

As stated, enlisting proven legal counsel can be instrumental in helping to sort that out.

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