Generally, a medical malpractice claim can be brought against a licensed health care provider. This can include a person, corporation or institution licensed by the state to provide healthcare, medical services, nursing services or other health care services. A claim can be brought against physicians, dentists, nurses, hospitals, and pharmacists, among others. The courts of Arizona have recognized the principle of a hospital being held responsible for the acts of physicians who provide medical care in its facility. Therefore, a hospital may be liable for the negligence of an independent physician.
When a person renders emergency care to an injured person to avoid serious harm or death, that person is not liable for damages as a result of their acts or omissions. Health care providers are immune from liability with respect to damages incurred in connection with services provided at nonprofit clinics where the physician receives no compensation or the clinic. The exception to this is when the provider is grossly negligent.
In all actions involving the fault of more than one party, the court will enter a judgment against each party in accordance with that party`s percentage of fault.
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