Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law

Identifying defendants essential in medical malpractice suits

Call For a Free Consultation


When a Virginia patient is injured in a medical procedure, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly who is responsible for the error. Often, a large number of people have come into contact with a patient, from medical technicians to anesthesiologists to surgeons. Furthermore, a patient may have been unconscious due to anesthesia when an injury occurred.

Nonetheless, it is essential to identify the responsible party or parties, as well as who can be sued, when pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors may be sued for their own medical professional negligence in performing a wrong-site surgery, due to their failure to diagnose, or for making another medical error. Pharmaceutical companies may also be found to be liable for patient injury in the event the company did not warn prescribing physicians about the potential dangers or side effects of a drug.

Hospitals may be held legally liable for their role in a patient’s injury. A hospital may be held directly liable if there is an insufficient number of registered nurses on duty or if an employee of the hospital does not follow orders from a patient’s private attending physician. A hospital may also be held liable under the theory of vicarious liability if its employees behave negligently. For example, if a hospital employee’s actions injure a patient, a hospital may be held liable if it is determined that the employee was acting within the scope of his or her employment. Identifying a hospital as a defendant in a malpractice case can benefit a victim, as hospitals often have better financial resources with which to compensate an injured patient.

A patient who has been injured due to doctor error may have a legal cause of action. One or more defendants may be named in a medical malpractice lawsuit. An attorney can offer guidance regarding potential defendants, as well as other issues relevant to a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Source: FindLaw, “Medical Malpractice: Who Can Be Sued?,” accessed May 13, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Your Best Interests Are Our Top Priority — Schedule A Free Consultation

Arrange a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our Roanoke personal injury lawyers today.

Schedule A Consultation

Schedule Your Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Visit Our Office / Follow Us

111 Virginia Avenue West
Vinton, VA 24179

Toll Free: 888-635-6304
Phone: 540-904-1621
Fax: 540-344-7073
Vinton Law Office Map

111 Virginia Avenue West