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:
Standard of care: A nurse owes a duty to uphold the accepted standard of care.
Breach of duty: A nurse fails to uphold the expected duty of care for their patient.
Causation: There must be a direct line between the nurse’s action or inaction
and the patient’s injuries.
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.
(855) 338-0720 or contact us online
to schedule your consultation.