People often think of nurses as next in line to doctors in terms of the care they provide. Unfortunately, however, not all nurses do their jobs 100% correctly all of the time. In fact, nursing malpractice, which occurs when a nurse doesn’t do his or her duties properly and as reasonably expected, thus resulting in harm, is a real concern.
Nurses can commit medical malpractice in a variety of harmful ways, such as not identifying a patient’s condition or diagnosis properly, not responding to a patient’s needs in a reasonable amount of time given the condition, providing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, or accidentally injuring a patient with medical equipment.
These are just a few examples of the types of nursing malpractice that can occur. If you think you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing malpractice, the first step is to prove that the nurse and the patient actually had a professional relationship and that the patient was under the nurse’s care when harm befell him or her.
Once you can prove that, the hard part is proving that negligence occurred. It is basically on you to show that the nurse did something or neglected to do something that directly led to the harm that befell the patient. When this can be established, it is usually not that difficult to sue for pain experienced, medical damages incurred, and any related loss of income or work.
Of course, in addition to determining and proving who is at fault, it is necessary to determine who is responsible for paying any monies owed. This will vary from case to case and could be the individual nurse, attending doctors, and/or the hospital itself.
Obviously, unless you’re a legal expert you don’t want to be trying to handle all of these things on your own. That’s where a skilled malpractice lawyer would really come in handy. These professionals can handle your case from start to finish so that you don’t have to stress and so that you get the justice that you deserve as quickly as possible.