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Who can I sue for medical malpractice in Louisiana?

Louisiana medical professionals are expected to solve medical problems, not create new ones. Unfortunately, however, many patients have been the victims of medical negligence. These patients may file a medical malpractice lawsuit against those responsible for their suffering.

If a Louisianan decides to file a medical malpractice claim, they should know that there are many different individuals and entities they can name in your lawsuit. While medical malpractice is commonly associated with physicians, other types of medical professionals can also be found guilty of medical negligence.

Hospitals and other health care facilities, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmaceutical companies and others can all be sued under medical malpractice law. A lawsuit will likely be successful as long as the plaintiff can prove that they were at fault.

Hospitals can also be held liable for their own negligence and vicariously liable for the negligence of their employees. One of the most common ways to prove hospital negligence is to show that they failed to make reasonable inquiries when hiring the medical staff responsible for an injury. Hospitals are required to look into an applicant's education, training and licensing before hiring them.

Hospitals may also be considered negligent for failing to make sure that the hospital is adequately staffed at all times. Hospitals are required to make sure that there are sufficient nurses on duty at all times to make sure that patients have adequate care.

Whether the medical malpractice claim stems from careless surgeons, negligent staff members, failed hospital protocols or a combination of all three, victims should know that there is a chance for recovery of damages. These damages can help manage the mountain of medical bills that follow a medical malpractice injury.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Medical Malpractice: Who Can Be Sued?," accessed on March 28, 2016

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