Can I Sue a Nurse for Medical Malpractice?

Can I Sue a Nurse for Medical Malpractice?

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 7-Nov-2017

No, doctors and hospitals are not the only ones that can be found liable for medical malpractice. In fact, any health care provider can be found at fault for injuries due to negligence. When a nurse’s negligence causes an injury to a patient, they can be sued for medical malpractice.

Nurses, like doctors, are held to a certain standard or care. When a nurse’s action or failure to act in keeping with the standard of care, they may be held responsible for the outcome of negligence when it results in injury. On the other hand, if something bad happens, but it is not caused by a nurse’s mistake, a patient cannot sue.

Below are a few common instances of nursing medical malpractice:

  • Failure to use equipment properly
  • Failure to document
  • Failure to monitor and assess patient
  • Failure to administer the correct medication
  • Failure to communicate with other members of the medical team

If you want to prove nursing malpractice has occurred, there are typically four basic elements to follow:

  1. Standard of care: A nurse owes a duty to uphold the accepted standard of care.
  2. Breach of duty: A nurse fails to uphold the expected duty of care for their patient.
  3. Causation: There must be a direct line between the nurse’s action or inaction and the patient’s injuries.
  4. Damages: The patient’s injuries result in damages such as medical bills, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a nurse’s negligence, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice case. Contact our Orlando medical malpractice attorneys at The Maher Law Firm today. We can help you obtain compensation to cover medical care, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering.

Call (855) 338-0720 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.

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