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If a hospital files a cross claim against a doctor in a medical malpractice suit does this help or hurt the plaintiffs case?

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If a hospital files a cross claim against a doctor in a medical malpractice suit does this help or hurt the plaintiffs case?

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It depends upon the claims in the case, who has what kind of insurance and many other factors. This isn't a simple question.

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It depends on the facts and circumstances.

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It certainly would not hurt the plaintiff's case although it may not be of much help. Since the majority of cases settle before trial, it may effect the ultimate resolution of the case in regard to who pays what.


Generally, when defendants start pointing fingers at other defendants, it might only help the plaintiff's case. There are many factors which may come into play here. I suggest you ask this question of your attorney, who knows your factual scenario better than anyone.

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