In many instances involving complex health issues, multiple practitioners will be involved in a patient’s care. If the treatment offered is inadequate, though, and consequently causes a patient to suffer harm, the providers may attempt to assign blame to one another and seek indemnification for any losses attributed to them. As discussed in a recent New York case, however, healthcare providers pursuing indemnification claims face a high burden of proof. If you were hurt by an incompetent treatment team, it is in your best interest to confer with a Rochester medical malpractice attorney at your earliest convenience.
History of the Case
It is reported that the defendant health care agency provided services to the decedent in the winger of 2012. The defendant doctor also cared for and treated the decedent during that time. The plaintiff subsequently filed a lawsuit against the defendants, alleging medical malpractice, violation of Public Health Law, and negligence, asserting that the defendants failed to provide proper care for the decedent’s pressure ulcers. The defendant doctor then filed a third party complaint asserting an indemnification claim against the defendant health care agency. The defendant health care agency filed a motion for summary judgment as to the indemnification claim.
Indemnification in Medical Malpractice Cases
The court considered the nature of the indemnification claim, emphasizing that if the defendant doctor was found liable, he would be responsible for his comparative share of damages as an active tortfeasor, as there was no relationship or legal obligation entitling him to indemnification from the defendant home health care agency. Continue Reading ›