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Finding the responsible party in medical malpractice cases

A variety of medical professionals may see and care for a patient before the person's medical treatment has been completed. Even in the doctor's office, a nurse might take a person's initial history, the doctor may make the evaluation and a laboratory may be responsible for processing tests. In hospitals, the situation is even more complex. In these situations, even more individuals are caring for a person while the person is ill.

As a result, when something goes wrong it may be difficult to determine who was at fault. Was it a mistake of the doctor or was it a negligent hospital policy? Determining the answer to this question can be important as people seek compensation for medical malpractice claims.

A variety of individuals can be held responsible when a person is injured while seeking medical care. In fact, nurses, healthcare facilities, pharmaceutical companies, anesthesiologists and others can also be held responsible when negligence occurs.

For example, a hospital can be held responsible if its mistakes contributed to the injury. If, for example, a hospital failed to provide the correct number of nurses for a given shift, the hospital maybe negligent. The hospital might also be negligent if it failed to keep accurate records, properly accept or discharge patients or if it failed to perform adequate tests. These types of hospital errors are very serious. Individual physicians can also be held liable if their mistakes contributed to the injury.

It is important for individuals in Illinois to understand the legal complexity surrounding medical malpractice cases. Oftentimes, a variety of sources must be investigated in order to determine all of the causes for a particular incident.

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