Nurses and Other Health Care Practitioners
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional falls below the expected or acceptable standard of care and causes injury to the patient through this negligence or incompetence. While we may think primarily of doctors or surgeons when we hear the phrase “medical malpractice.” the term can be applied to any licensed healthcare professional, including Anesthesiologists, Physician Assistants, Specialist Assistants, Registered Professional Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Practical Nurses, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors and more. By virtue of their status as licensed professionals, these healthcare practitioners are each held to a certain standard reflecting the education, training and skill required to obtain and maintain a license to practice their profession.
Nursing Malpractice – Failure in A Key Health Care Role
From the doctor’s office to the operating room, nurses play a key role in patient health. Likewise, nurses can injure a patient through negligence or incompetence. Nurses often administer medicine to patients but can cause significant harm if they administer the wrong medicine or the wrong dosage or make some other error, such as giving an intramuscular injection that should have been intravenous or vice versa. Nurses also perform many of the initial diagnostic tests to determine a patient’s vital signs and general medical condition. If they report this information incorrectly, an important condition could get overlooked and an otherwise preventable incident could occur. In the operating room, nurses play a crucial role to the success of the operation, monitoring the patient’s vital signs, assisting in the operation, and informing the doctor if anything is going wrong. A failure to perform carefully and competently in any of these areas can prove harmful or even fatal to the patient.
Doctors, Hospitals also Liable
Nurses are often under the supervision of the attending physician, who may also be liable for the negligence of the nurse. A doctor who fails to properly supervise the nurses under his or her direction may be committing medical malpractice. Likewise, the hospital employing the nurse may be liable at an institutional level for the negligence of its employees, or for failing to properly train or supervise its employees or provide adequate procedures for the nurses to follow.
At the Law Firm of Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C., we leave no stone unturned in identifying the party or parties responsible for causing an injury and bringing them to justice. An injury at the hands of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner is enough of a tragedy; don’t make it worse by shouldering the burden of additional medical expenses, pain and suffering on your own. In New York City, contact Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. to recover compensation for the damages done to you.