Just like doctors, nurses can be found guilty of malpractice if failure
to properly perform their duties ended in harm to a patient. However,
not every blunder or unlucky mistake by a nurse warrants a
medical malpractice suit.
You May Have a Nursing Malpractice Case if…
You were improperly medicated. This can happen when a nurse administers medication the wrong way or gives
you the wrong medication altogether. It can also occur when a nurse does
not exercise appropriate caution or fails to follow instructions regarding
administration of medicine.
You were injured by medical equipment. You don’t necessarily have a nursing malpractice case just because
your nurse accidentally gave you a splinter with a tongue depressor or
had to stick you in a few different places before finding a vein. However,
you may be able to successfully claim malpractice if your nurse injured
you by knocking over heavy equipment, burning you, leaving medical supplies
inside your body during surgery, or otherwise wounding you.
Your nurse did not act in your best interest. If your nurse knew your medical issue was urgent and did not act accordingly,
they may be guilty of negligence. The same applies when your nurse misses
something important, such as rapid weight gain, shortness of breath, etc.
Liability in Cases of Nursing Malpractice
In many cases, the hospital where your nursing malpractice incident took
place will bear legal and financial liability. This occurs when the nurse
in question was employed by the hospital at the time of your injury and
was performing a job-related task when the injury occurred. The supervising
doctor may also be held liable, if they were present at the time of the
incident and were able to monitor and influence the nurse’s behavior.
Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Austin
Problems created through the negligence of a medical professional can cost
you a great deal of time and money to resolve. If you have been seriously
injured, malpractice can also produce significant emotional trauma and
personal suffering. Our Austin nursing malpractice lawyers at
Komie & Morrow, LLP are here to help you right the wrongs committed against you and do all
we can to help you get what you need to make a full recovery.
Call us at (512) 640-2050 today or send us your information to receive a complimentary case evaluation.