Next Steps if You Think You’ve Been a Victim of Nursing Negligence
Nursing Negligence can have long-lasting and disastrous consequences ranging from short-term to long-term to permanent to death. Nurses play an integral part in the hospital patient’s experience as the front line advocate that monitors progress, administers medications and communicates with doctors and surgeons. Nursing errors are a significant problem leading to more than 10,000 in-hospital errors each year among which more than 10% have led to death.
When nursing negligence occurs, patients are likely to be injured or even die. When mistakes or failures to adhere to hospital policies or the standard of care cause injury or death, you may have the right to sue to recover compensation for your damages. Nurses and other hospital healthcare providers have a legal duty to provide an appropriate level of care that does not harm their patients. If negligence occurs, the services of a medical malpractice attorney may be needed.
Understanding the different types of nursing negligence.
Nursing negligence most often shows up in one of several ways:
- Failure to Follow Standards of Care.
- Failure to Use Equipment in a Responsible Manner.
- Failure to Communicate.
- Failure to Document.
- Failure to Assess and Monitor.
- Failure to Act as a Patient Advocate.
- Medication Errors.
If any of these failures or errors has taken place during your or a loved one’s visit to a hospital, you may have been a victim of nursing negligence. The next step is to consult with a nursing negligence attorney to determine if you have a case.
Determining if there is a basis for a nursing negligence case.
- Duty – Nursing negligence may have occurred if it can be proven that the nurse or medical professional neglected his or her duty. The duty of care is a legal obligation to the patient based on the special relationship between the patient and the nurse.
- Breach – After duty has been established, a breach must also be demonstrated for a claim of nursing negligence to exist. The term breach refers to a failure by the nurse to act as another reasonable nurse would have acted under a similar set of circumstances in line with professional standards. Such a breach can also be referred to as a departure from the standard of care.
- Causation – To establish a claim for nursing negligence, causation must also exist. It must be proven that the injury or loss suffered was caused by the nurse or medical professional’s breach of the duty to comply with generally accepted standards of practice.
- Harm – Harm caused by the breach of the standard of care must also exist in order to solidify a claim for nursing negligence. Harm can come in the form of physical, emotional, or financial damage.
How to choose a nursing negligence attorney.
- Look for experience. Experience representing clients in nursing negligence cases is essential to your success. Bonner Law brings 30 years of experience to the table with clients across Florida in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury cases. We focus on cases involving hospital malpractice as well as nursing malpractice. We work hard to ensure your nursing negligence case will have the best representation for the best possible outcome.
- Seek out a lawyer experienced in the area of nursing negligence. Nursing negligence cases are unique and require a high level of experience and knowledge. When you seek your nursing negligence attorney, you will want to look for one that has experience in this specific area of law. They will know how to navigate the medical institutions, medical issues, and medical experts, as well as their insurance companies. Bonner Law has over 30 years experience in this area of the law representing patients injured by medical negligence as well as representing nurses, physicians and medical facilities being sued for medical errors.
- Take advantage of the free consultation. Bonner Law offers a free initial consultation to all new prospective clients regarding their potential nursing negligence case. This is an opportunity to determine if you have been the victim of a medical error or negligence by a nurse or any other health care provider. Additionally, it is a chance for you to ascertain the experience, qualifications and working style of your potential attorney to see if they will be a good fit.
- Read online reviews. Go to Bonner-Law.com and check out what many previous clients have to say about their experience with Bonner Law. BonnerLaw has a AV-Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and an Avvo Superb 10.0 Rating as well as being rated by Super Lawyers and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.
Nursing negligence can lead to devastating consequences including disability, loss of income, medical bills, and even death. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a medical error or negligence by a nurse or other healthcare provider, you may be entitled to compensation. Miami-based Bonner Law has over three decades of experience helping clients affected by medical negligence and they are ready to work for you.
At Bonner Law we will start with a free consultation to help you determine what your rights are under the law. From there, we will work tirelessly on your behalf to make sure you get the recovery for the damages you have suffered. If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing errors or malpractice and you are seeking a quality nursing errors attorney, contact Bonner Law for your free consultation today at www.Bonner-Law.com or call 1-800-4MEDMAL.