Who Can Be Sued for Medical Malpractice in North Carolina?

Who Can Be Sued for Medical Malpractice in North Carolina?

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When a negligent medical practitioner in North Carolina has caused you an injury you have the right to file a personal injury suit. It is necessary to establish that substandard care was provided to you, which resulted in your injury. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer in North Carolina can help you gather the right kind of evidence and data to strengthen your personal injury claim so that you get your rightful compensation.

Is only my doctor liable to pay for medical negligence?

Fortunately, North Carolina medical malpractice law covers more than just your doctor in cases where negligence or use of substandard practices have caused an injury to the patient. After all, there is a possibility that such injury may occur at any stage of the treatment process. Under prevailing law, any health care provider can be sued for medical malpractice. That includes an individual or an entity, such as a hospital, clinic, hospice and other medical care facilities. In addition, other health care providers apart from doctors, that is, nurses and midwives, can also be sued for damages if the care they have provided is inappropriate, or insufficient, and has resulted in injuries to the patient.

How much compensation can you claim?

Injuries caused by the negligent behavior of medical professionals can lead to some very serious consequences that may have a life-long impact. Given this possibility, the law places no limits on the amount that can be claimed as compensation in a medical malpractice suit. It depends on the kind of injury inflicted and the degree to which the practitioner’s negligence played a role in the patient’s injury. In addition, the impact of the injury on the patient is also taken into consideration. For example, a permanent disability arising out of medical malpractice may result in a far higher sum being awarded as damages as compared to a minor injury.

In North Carolina, the punitive damage that can be claimed in such cases is restricted by law. These damages are awarded when it can be proved that the health care provider caused the injury deliberately, with malicious intent. Punitive damages cannot amount to more than three times the actual damages awarded. A further provision ensures that a minimum of $250,000 is awarded to the plaintiff (i.e.: if the three times rule results in punitive damages lower than this sum).

Contact the Medical Malpractice Law Firm of Bice Law

If you believe you have suffered injury or harm due to medical malpractice, take the first step to protect your legal rights contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law.   We serve families across both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly.  Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney.

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