How Nurses Make Medical Malpractice Errors
We often hear when doctors make mistakes that injure patients and constitute medical malpractice. But because so much of a patient’s daily care is administered by nurses, nurse malpractice claims are becoming more prevalent.
If you suffered injuries due to a nurse’s malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from her and other liable parties.
Common Causes of Nurse Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a nurse fails to perform her duties in a competent fashion and this causes a patient to suffer injuries. However, not every mistake equates to medical malpractice. Here are the primary areas of fault:
- Failing to take action. Because part of a nurse’s duties is to monitor a patient’s condition, she can be liable for malpractice if she doesn't take appropriate steps in a medical emergency or when a patient’s condition worsens. At minimum, she must notify the person’s treating physician immediately.
- Causing injury with medical equipment. Nurses can injure patients with medical equipment in a number of ways. Bumping into them with heavy equipment; burning someone; and leaving a sponge or another object in a patient’s body after surgery are a few of the ways nurses commit malpractice.
- Making medication errors. While other people can also make medication errors, nurses often administer medicine and make mistakes doing so. If a nurse gives a patient the wrong medication or dosage, he can suffer serious side effects and sometimes fatal conditions.
- Failing to respond. Patients rely on their nurses for help in a hospital. When a nurse negligently doesn't respond to a request, this could constitute medical malpractice.
- Giving the wrong food or drink. Sometimes a patient is on a special diet because of allergic reactions or his medical condition. If a nurse fails to follow these guidelines and he's injured, she could be responsible for compensating him.
- Not writing notes in patient charts. Nurses must write their observations, vital sign results, medications issued, and other crucial information in a patient’s chart to document what was done and provide a record of care to other health professionals. Failure to do so can be medical malpractice.
Malpractice claims can be difficult to prove. You need the assistance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. To learn more, call our office to schedule your free consultation.