When most people think of a medical malpractice case, usually the doctor or hospital is at fault. Unfortunately, the truth is that the negligence of nurses can be just as likely to cause injury. The valuable work of nurses often goes overlooked, but they are a vital part of maintaining your condition, which is why you need a nurse who puts your best interests first. Here are some of the negative impacts of nursing negligence.
Nurses are responsible for conducting many routine procedures. Some common mistakes that nurses can make include administering the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage, as well as incorrectly handling medical equipment. Also, negligence can occur when a nurse fails to pay attention when they should be monitoring a patient. This includes failing to record changes in vital signs and communicating those changes to the doctor. Documentation errors, where a nurse does not fill out a patient’s medical chart correctly, can lead to the next nurse or doctor providing the incorrect treatment. Lastly, if a nurse does not respond in a timely manner at the signs of an emergency, such as a warning chime on one of the patient’s monitors, then this could lead to the patient’s condition worsening.
When it comes to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, it can be difficult to determine liability. In most situations, nurses are direct employees of the hospital, which means that the hospital would be held liable for any damages. An exception to this would be if the nurse was working under a supervising doctor who was an independent contractor of the hospital, which would then make the doctor liable for your injuries. It’s important to know how to determine liability, which is why it is wise to have the aid of a medical malpractice lawyer to find out who is in a position of authority and who was present at the time of the incident.
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