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June 5, 2017 FAQ: Can You File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Someone Other Than a Doctor?

FAQ: Can You File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Someone Other Than a Doctor?

Medical malpractice is when a health care provider fails to deliver the “standard of care” (what a reasonable health care provider would do given the same or a similar situation) and it results in harm, injury or even death. Many people, however, do not realize that a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed against individuals or even organizations other than doctors.

Attorney James R. Howell of PHP Law Firm in Wichita, Kansas, urges patients to look at the medical malpractice phrasing itself: “You have ‘practice’, ‘medical’ and ‘mal’ (meaning improper). You put that together and you wind up with ‘improper medical care’. So anyone who provides medical care could provide it improperly.”

Individual health care providers that may be found guilty of committing medical malpractice include, but are not limited to:

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Surgeons
  • Surgeon’s Assistants
  • Surgical Technologists
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Paramedics

In addition to individual health care providers, organizations may also be found guilty of medical malpractice. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Surgery Centers
  • Ambulance Services
  • Immediate Care Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies

Do You Have Grounds to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice— regardless of the type of health care provider involved— it is best to contact an attorney. The PHP Law Firm in Wichita, Kansas, specializes in medical malpractice. We have years of experience dealing with cases that involve many different types of health care providers, including organizations. We offer free consultations and will talk through your situation with you before making a recommendation. Better yet, the PHP Law Firm does not charge a cent unless we win compensation for you.

Contact our team of medical malpractice attorneys directly at (316) 683-9080. We look forward to speaking with you!