Helping Victims Of Nursing Negligence
How Does Nursing Negligence Happen?
Not every mistake in a hospital counts as negligence. For malpractice to occur, the nurse must fail to act as a reasonable nurse should under the circumstances. If the careless behavior injures a patient, then the nurse’s actions are considered negligent. The following points are some of the most common situations that warrant a malpractice case:
- The nurse did not take action when it was required.
- A patient’s medication was improperly administered.
- The nurse failed to use medical equipment properly.
- The nurse failed to monitor a patient.
Who Is Held Accountable For Nursing Negligence?
In many cases, a hospital must take responsibility for a nurse’s actions. If the nurse is employed by the hospital, then the institution is legally and financially responsible for a malpractice case. Since they hire a lot of nurses, it is not uncommon for hospitals to be defendants in lawsuits. When a nurse harms a patient by a negligent act, the hospital is liable.
In some cases, the attending doctor is held accountable for nursing negligence. If a nurse is being supervised by a physician, then the physician may be liable for the nurse’s negligence.
In other instances, the attending doctor can prevent negligence. For example, a surgeon may be present when a nurse administers too much medicine. These situations usually cause a dispute between the doctor and hospital.
Contact Our Phoenix Area Lawyer For A Free Initial Consultation
If you have been injured by a nurse’s error in Arizona, The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., will guide you through the necessary steps to file a malpractice claim and receive the compensation you deserve.