What is nursing malpractice?
Nursing malpractice occurs when a nurse doesn't fulfill his or her duty to provide a certain standard of care, resulting in patient injury. Some examples of nurse malpractice include:
- Not reporting an incident of neglect or malpractice
- Not administering medication properly
- Injuring a patient with medical equipment
- Being under the influence of substances while on shift, or otherwise operating with impaired senses.
Who is responsible for nursing malpractice?
The nurse who has inflicted injury is directly at fault, but they have parties above them delegating the care that they administer to patients. An attending doctor or hospital can also be held accountable in allowing this behavior to have happened. Poor supervision, allowance or ignorance of substance usage and poor maintenance of the facility all may fall under the responsibility of the attending doctor. A hospital may be held accountable if the nurse was its employee and was attempting to fulfill a job duty at the time. All of these possible scenarios can be advised upon by professional legal counsel.
If you were given a shot that resulted in an infection, ignored while you needed care, injured in the midst of a patient identity mishap or a multitude of other situations, you could have a case for malpractice. Contact us for a free case evaluation today and let us help protect your rights to hold hospitals and providers accountable for their neglectful actions. If you've been injured, you need legal representation you can count on. You need attorney Joseph F. Brown.