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Can I File a Malpractice Lawsuit Against Someone Who Isn’t a Doctor?

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Updated August 23, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |


Yes, you can file a lawsuit against someone who isn’t a doctor.

Any licensed healthcare professional or entity that provides healthcare services can be subjected to a medical malpractice lawsuit. For example, nurses, hospitals, urgent care centers, and pharmaceutical companies may also come under fire for malpractice or negligence.

What Is Vicarious Liability in Medical Malpractice Cases?

Vicarious liability is a legal principle that holds an employer (in our case, a hospital or urgent care center) liable for the malpractice or negligence of its employees.

A hospital or employer may be found vicariously liable for a malpractice case in the following situations:

  • Injury or death occurred while the licensed medical professional was on duty
  • The healthcare facility benefited from the task performed by the medical professional at the time of injury or death
  • Injury or death was caused by a routine activity the medical professional was hired and expected to perform

Consider this situation: A surgeon is hired at a local hospital. Their only job is to perform surgeries. If they are negligent during a surgical procedure and cause an injury, the hospital can be found liable.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice, you are urged to contact the attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. An experienced Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyer at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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