If you have been injured by the negligent actions of a nurse, you may have a negligence or medical malpractice claim. Nursing malpractice occurs when a nurse fails to adequately perform his or her medical duties and that failure harms the patient. Nursing malpractice can occur in a variety of situations, however, below are the most common:
Administering medication to patients, according to a doctor’s orders, is probably the most common task a nurse will perform. If a nurse fails to follow orders, he or she could be liable for malpractice if the patient is injured. This includes incorrect administration of medication, giving the patient the incorrect dosage, or administering the wrong drug. This also includes a failure to assess for side effects and toxicity.
Failure to Monitor and Assess a Patient’s Condition
If a patient experiences a sudden medical emergency, a nurse may be held liable if he or she is negligent by failing to take the appropriate steps immediately. This could include immediate notification for a doctor or administering medication. Likewise, a nurse is responsible for monitoring a patient’s condition. If he or she notices a negative change in the patient’s medical condition, or should have noticed it, then the nurse may be liable for malpractice or negligence if he or she did not notify the doctor. If a nurse breaches their duty of care during childbirth, negligence can result in serious birth injuries.
Injuring a Patient with Medical Equipment
If a nurse injures a patient with a piece of medical equipment, he or she can be held liable for malpractice. This includes improper use of medical equipment, knocking equipment onto a patient causing an injury, burning a patient, or leaving a sponge inside the patient after surgery.
Contact a Nursing Malpractice Attorney
If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to negligence of a nurse, you will need to retain legal counsel from a skilled and experienced nursing malpractice attorney, like Dr. Bruce Fagel. Dr. Fagel practiced emergency medicine for 10 years prior to becoming a medical malpractice attorney and still maintains his status as a licensed medical doctor. The negligence of a nurse can in severe cases cause wrongful death, and Dr. Fagel is prepared to help you with this type of claim as well.
Handling nursing malpractice and negligence lawsuits requires knowledge, experience, and resources. Because of Dr. Fagel’s decades of experience, he knows how insurance companies and defense lawyers that defend negligent nurses work. He knows what to expect and has the medical knowledge to recognize negligent conduct by a nurse. Litigation surrounding a nursing malpractice case can be complex and may require expert medical testimony.
The medical malpractice and negligence lawyers at the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates have exceptional skill and experience in both the legal and medical fields. We are nationally recognized for our success in all types of medical malpractice lawsuits, and are ready to provide you with legal representation in your nursing malpractice claim. We offer a free case evaluation to discuss your malpractice claim. To speak with one of our professional medical malpractice attorneys, call our office at (800) 541-9376.
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