I recently had a horrible reaction to some medication that was prescribed by a medical intern, and had to be hospitalized. Can I sue a medical intern to seek compensation for medical bills?
In many situations, you do have a right to file a lawsuit against a medical intern working in a hospital or office setting. In fact, there is even medical malpractice insurance available for med students, offering that safety net of financial coverage in the event that a medical mistake occurs during a student internship. In most states, the same medical liability laws apply to students as they do to licensed, practicing medical physicians. Just being medical interns does not make these doctors less responsible for their actions while at work.
What factors contribute to medical student errors in Virginia or Maryland hospitals?
- Interns work long hours with little sleep, since general overtime laws don’t always apply to medical internships.
- A lack of medical experience can increase the likelihood of harmful mistakes occurring.
- Insufficient supervision can lead to incorrect medications being administered, or dangerous tests being run by inexperienced doctors. Supervising physicians should always directly oversee the medical decisions that interns make, in an effort to ensure patient safety.
- Medical students often spend much of their time performing indirectly related tasks in patient care, instead of gaining valuable knowledge and experience diagnosing and treating medical problems in their specialized fields of study. This can include: data entry into computers, blood draws, monitoring patient vital signs, and other indirectly related tasks.
Even if the medical intern that made the mistakes that injured you doesn’t have medical malpractice insurance, filing a lawsuit against him/her may be the only way to receive the complete evidence and necessary medical documents needed to prove your case.
Aside from filing a lawsuit against a medical intern, you may also have grounds to take legal action against the supervising physician or the teaching hospital employing the intern. After all, a supervising physician must approve every medical decision made by a student doctor. If that student makes a costly medical error, the responsibility also falls back on the supervisor.
Medical malpractice lawsuits in Virginia and Maryland can become very complicated and confusing. Finding the right attorney equipped to aggressively pursue your case is the first step toward receiving the justice you deserve. At Lewis & Tompkins, we have a time-tested history of success fighting for the rights of our clients and may be able to help you, too. Call 202-296-0666 today to schedule your free case evaluation.