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Can Medical Professionals Be Sued Individually for Medical Malpractice?

Some nurses (CRNA’s) are trained and licensed to give anesthesia.  In a New Jersey case, a nurse anesthetist put the breathing tube in a patient’s esophagus instead of the trachea, causing the patient severe and permanent brain damage.  Since she was a hospital employee, the Plaintiff’s lawyer sued the hospital.  But, at that time under New Jersey law, a hospital could only be sued for $10,000 no matter how bad the medical malpractice, or how badly the patient was injured.  This is not enough to pay the costs of the lawsuit if you win, so experienced lawyers sue the hospital employees personally.  As a result, most hospital unions make the hospitals give their members personal malpractice insurance.

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