In any doctor’s office, emergency room, clinic, or other clinical setting, nurses play a vital role in healthcare – he or she provides medical care as well as physical and emotional support to patients. A nurse’s duties depend on his or her setting, but they can administer medication, run tests, and provide the critical communication between the patient, the doctors, and other members of the hospital staff. Just like other healthcare professionals, however, nurses can cause patients to suffer injuries through their negligence. Sometimes, a nurse’s negligence results in a patient’s death.
A nurse is negligent when he or she fails to act as another nurse would. This makes them responsible for damages that result from negligent care. Patients who are injured by nursing negligence may have grounds for medical malpractice claims. The Cleveland nursing malpractice lawyer at Tittle & Perlmuter can help.
A few examples of the ways a nurse’s negligence can harm a patient include:
These are all deviations from the standard of care expected of nurses. In some cases, other, practice-specific standards of care are also in place. Our skilled Cleveland attorneys could review a nursing malpractice case and determine if at-fault party is negligent.
The potential effects of a nurse’s negligence depend on a few factors, and they include the following:
A nurse’s negligence can result in a delay in the patient’s correct diagnosis and subsequent treatment. This can put the patient into a position where a doctor diagnoses his or her condition at a later, less treatable stage. Negligence can permanently disable a patient. In some cases, it may even cause death thereby creating a wrongful death claim.
If you are suffering from a permanent injury or have lost a loved one because of a nurse’s negligence, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for your damages through a medical malpractice claim. Contact our team of Cleveland nursing malpractice lawyers at Tittle & Perlmuter today to set up your initial consultation with us, which can be on the weekend, during the evening, or in your home if necessary. Call our Cleveland law office for a free consultation or fill out our online contact form.