When you think of serious medical mistakes and incidents of medical malpractice, you may assume that most cases revolve around physician errors and/or surgical complications. Medical patients and potential malpractice claimants should keep in mind, however, that nurses often play a role in injury incidents. In fact, nursing negligence is such a prevalent issue that we here at Cok Kinzler, P.L.L.P., always strive to identify all appropriate liable parties and advocate on behalf of medical injury claimants.
According to the Critical Care Nurse Journal, nurses are increasingly being identified as defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits on the grounds of negligence. Negligence generally implies that the person in question failed to do something that a reasonably prudent person would do. Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional fails to provide a reasonable standard of care to a patient, resulting in bodily harm or injury. Therefore, you could have valid medical malpractice claims against a nurse if he or she contributed to your worsened medical condition by failing to provide the appropriate type or level of care.
There are several components of a nursing negligence claim. They include but are not limited to:
- Illustrating that the nurse had a duty of care to you as the patient
- Showing that there was a standard of care and that it was violated by the nurse
- Proving that the nurse's medical negligence resulted in injury to you
It is also important to keep in mind that the misconduct and/or negligence of a nurse can occur in conjunction with other medical mistakes, which could warrant identifying other liable parties in your case. Learn more about nursing negligence and other medical malpractice topics by visiting our web site today.