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Medical malpractice actions encompass many kinds of defendants

The term, "medical malpractice lawsuit" can bring to mind the psychologist's tool of "word association:" when many people hear it, the first word that comes to mind is, "doctor." But legal liability for medical malpractice can fall on many kinds of people and entities, and if you have experienced an injury in many different kinds of treatment the legal remedies under the Texas law governing medical liability may apply to you.

As the paragraph above indicates, medical malpractice is something that both individuals and businesses or other legal entities can engage in. On the individual side, people to look at include not only doctors and nurses, but also less-commonly thought of health care providers, including podiatrists, optometrists, chiropractors, dentists and pharmacists. 

What is more, the law also defines "health care providers" to include non-medical personnel: it is conceivable that a director, officer, manager, or even a partner or shareholder can also be sued as a health care provider.

Similarly, medical malpractice can take place at locations other than hospitals. The law's definition of a "health care institution" takes in assisted living facilities and nursing homes, hospices, urgent care or other emergency service providers, walk-in surgical clinics, and more.

The point to remember is to bear in mind that medical malpractice can take place in many different settings, and by many different kinds of people, some of whom may not fit into what may be readily understood as health care providers or health care institutions.

A personal injury law firm that handles medical malpractice cases can help you to look as expansively as possible at people and entities who may share in responsibility for injuries or other harm that you may suffer if they make a mistake in your treatment.

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