Representing Clients Injured by Nursing Negligence
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.
What is Nursing Negligence or Malpractice?
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here, Cleveland’s medical malpractice lawyer. One topic that I’d like to discuss today is nursing malpractice. Now folks, nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system here in America. And for the most part, nurses are hardworking and want to do what’s best for their patients. But occasionally, because of understaffing or just carelessness things happen; bad things to patients. One example, that we see from time to time, generally because of understaffing, as a result of nursing malpractice is a failure to reposition or turn the patients. This leads to pressure sores.
Other common mistakes are simply giving the wrong medication, failing to monitor the patient in a hospital setting, such as their pulse ox (or how much oxygen they have in their blood). Or even their blood pressure. And last but not least, the most common source or example of nursing malpractice has to do with falls. They just aren’t monitoring the patient because they have, generally speaking, too many patients to deal with. And a patient may have to go to the restroom, they try to get up on their own, they fall, break a hip. Or the order calls for what’s called a two-person assist, and one nurse decides – because again there isn’t enough help – to try and move or transfer the patient by themselves, drop the patient, and fracture their hip. Folks, nursing malpractice is a serious issue in today’s healthcare system, generally speaking because of understaffing. If you or a loved one feel that you’re a victim of nursing malpractice, please give us a call or visit our website. Thank you.
How Can a Nurse be Negligent?
A few examples of the ways a nurse’s negligence can harm a patient include:
- Failure to communicate or contact a doctor in a timely manner;
- Medication errors;
- Misdiagnosis of the symptoms of a serious medical condition;
- Improper patient chart maintenance;
- Failure to monitor patient vital signs and conditions; and
- Injuring patient with medical equipment.
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.
Repercussions of Nurse Negligence
The potential effects of a nurse’s negligence depend on a few factors, and they include the following:
- The nature of the nurse’s negligence
- Patient’s condition and comorbidities
- The length of time that elapses between the nurse’s error and eventual correction
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 diagnosis 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.
Work with an Experienced Cleveland Nursing Negligence Lawyer
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 medical 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 at (216) 308-1522 for a free consultation or fill out our online contact form.