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    Question Can A Doctor Be Criminally Charged

    Can a medical doctor have criminal changes brought against he/she for a medical malpractice case resulting in the death of a patient? If not then what does aggregated liability mean in reference to malpractice insurance? Jurisdiction is Alabama.

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    Default Re: Can A Doctor Be Criminally Charged

    If a doctor commits criminal acts which result in harm to a patient, the doctor could face criminal charges.

    Aggregate liability would normally refer to the maximum total liability arising from an incident under a policy - you could have coverage for various types of claims, but the total sum of those claims could not exceed the aggregate total.

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    Default Re: Can A Doctor Be Criminally Charged

    Highly unlikely criminal charges would result. Generally speaking physicians are in the practice of saving lifes not taking them.

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    Default Re: Can A Doctor Be Criminally Charged

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    Can a medical doctor have criminal changes brought against he/she for a medical malpractice case resulting in the death of a patient? If not then what does aggregated liability mean in reference to malpractice insurance? Jurisdiction is Alabama.
    Medical malpractice claims are generally based on negligence. Intentional acts are usually not covered by liability insurance, so if the doctor's conduct was intentional, there may not be coverage. Without insurance coverage, it can be hard to collect even if you get a judgment.

    Criminal acts are generally intentional. On the surface, it would seem that criminal charges might work against securing a monetary recovery in the civil case.

    There are criminal charges for criminal negligence, though. So the answer to whether there could be both criminal charges and a successful civil case (and by successful, I mean getting a recovery) is yes.

    I think, though, that this may not have been the question at all, and that OP may have confused "aggregated" (combined) and "aggravated" (common term in criminal charges).

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