Nurses Negligence Lawyers
What Level of Care Should I Expect from Nurses?
In providing care in a medical facility, a nurse is required to exercise the same ordinary or reasonable care as all other health practitioners to ensure that no unnecessary harm comes to the patient. Failure to meet this standard subjects nurses to medical malpractice liability.
Is a Failure to Respond to My Request for Assistance Evidence of Negligence?
Failure to respond to a patient's request for assistance or general absence during a work shift can be grounds for medical malpractice. The courts have held that if a patient is injured as a result of a nurse¿s failure to respond to a request for assistance or because a nurse on duty was absent, it can be grounds for medical malpractice.
How is a Nurse's Performance Evaluated?
The standard of care required of a nurse is measured by the degree of care ordinarily exercised by other nurses in similar circumstances. Not every negligent act of a nurse will constitute medical malpractice. Only when the acts or omissions complained of involve a matter of medical science or art requiring special skills not ordinarily possessed by lay persons can there be a claim of malpractice.
What Must Be Proven in a Medical Malpractice Claim?
In a medical malpractice case based on negligence by a nurse, the injured person must establish all of the following:
- the standard of care applicable to the nurse
- the duty owed by the nurse to the patient
- demonstration that the nurse violated his or her duty by failing to meet that standard of care, and
- that the patient was injured and prove that the injury resulted from the nurse's negligence.
Winning a Medical Malpractice Case
Medical malpractice claims are very difficult to pursue. Most medical malpractice cases are very expensive because they involve numerous expert medical witnesses and complicated facts. Doctors are usually unwilling to admit any errors, and have the resources to contest any lawsuit. Many clients hire lawyers to help them pay the initial costs and provide the expertise to win a medical malpractice case.
Do You Need an Attorney Experienced with Medical Malpractice?
If you, or a loved one, have been injured by a nurse¿s medical malpractice, you should speak to an attorney immediately to learn more about the value of your case and what types of recoveries are available to you.
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Last Modified: 11-15-2012 11:25 AM PST
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