Nursing Negligence Injury Claims Lawyer
When receiving medical care, a large percentage of treatments and care is performed by nurses. While doctors may diagnose and treat illness, nurses are often the ones handling the day-to-day procedures for inpatient and outpatient care. There are also nurse practitioners who diagnose and treat some medical conditions. When a nurse makes errors or is negligent in their duties, it can cause serious injuries to the patients who rely on their expertise. If you have been injured by nursing negligence, you may be eligible to seek compensation from the nurse, attending doctor or facility for medical malpractice.
Nurses are held to a similar standard of care as doctors. It is expected that they will perform their duties to prevent harm to their patients. The “standard” of care is based on what is expected of others in the field with similar training and education. For example, it is expected that nurses will know how to administer medications, read charts and safely care for patients. When a nurse neglects to perform their duties or makes errors that cause injury, it may be considered medical malpractice. In most cases, the claim of medical malpractice is against the hospital, clinic or attending doctor that is responsible for the nurse’s performance.
Injuries Caused by Nursing Negligence
Nurses have difficult jobs and so much is expected of them. While it is a tough job, that does not mean that errors should be expected or tolerated when it causes harm to a patient. Some of the common injuries caused by nursing negligence include:
- Not reporting concerns – Changes in a patient’s symptoms or diagnostic results often require a nurse to report these changes to a doctor.
- Administering the wrong medication or wrong dosage
- Not performing precautionary procedures to prevent bed sores or other injuries
- Safety issues – injuries caused during moving a patient or not providing the needed equipment for walking
- Abuse or neglect – physical or sexual abuse or neglecting a patient’s basic needs
If you have experienced nursing errors that caused an injury or if you have a family member that sustained an injury due to nursing negligence, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Contact our legal team at Race Law Firm to discuss your case during a free consultation at our office in Atlanta.