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What Is Joint Liability?

Posted on in Medical Malpractice

In a medical malpractice case, understanding who may be considered liable is important, but it can also be confusing. There are a number of factors that you must take into consideration to determine who you may be able to take legal action against.

However, it's also important to know that multiple people may be accountable. In these cases, there are two additional options you can consider, including joint liability and several liability. These can both change how you pursue compensation for the injuries you have sustained.

Joint Liability and Your Rights

Joint liability can play a role when more than one party is considered responsible for the injury you sustained. This is in situations where you may suffer one injury from one event, but there is more than one party who contributed to the harm.

One situation that may be considered joint liability is a surgical error resulting in you suffering harm, but there are two surgeons who each contributed to the injury. Each party would be considered liable for their part in the injury.

What Is Several Liability?

Several liability comes into legal matters when there are multiple liable parties, but they cause harm in separate situations. They may not be directly related; however, they fall under the same umbrella because of when and where they occurred.

For instance, if you suffer an injury due to a surgical error, and then the nurse either provides the wrong dosage of medication or fails to perform proper post-surgical care, you may take separate legal action against each party for the harm they caused.

Our Corpus Christi medical malpractice attorneys are here to help you fully understand what legal options you have after a doctor or other medical professional's negligent actions. This includes understanding all parties against whom you may take legal action.

The Edwards Law Firm is fully dedicated to helping you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. Let us be your voice and advocate for the most favorable outcome. You need legal help and we're here to provide it from start to finish.

Call our firm at 361-698-7600 today.

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