Generally, a medical malpractice claim can be brought against a licensed health care provider. This can include a person, corporation, facility or institution licensed by the state to provide health care or professional services, or an officer, employee, or agent thereof acting in the course and scope of his employment. A claim can be brought against physicians, dentists, nurses, therapists, technicians, hospitals, and pharmacists, among others. A physician commits medical malpractice if he fails to act in the same manner a reasonably prudent physician in the same field of medicine would act under the same circumstances. Nurses, therapists and other health care providers, and the hospitals or clinics they work for, can be held responsible for their failure to meet accepted standards of care in their particular field. North Dakota has recognized that a hospital may be held liable for negligent acts of doctors who are granted staff privileges.
There may be more than one cause of an injury. When the negligent conduct of two or more parties contributes as causes of an injury, each party is generally only liable for the amount of damages attributable to the percentage of fault of that party.
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