Defending Your Rights: Expert Help for Nursing Error Cases

When nurses neglect their duties, exceed their authority, or make careless mistakes, it triggers needless suffering, severe injury, and even death. If you or someone you love has been injured because of a nursing error, the attorney at the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham can help you hold the negligent nurses accountable and obtain maximum damages. 

Overview of Nursing Malpractice in Texas

Medical malpractice, in general, refers to the failure of a health care professional to act according to the “standard of care.” The standard of care for a nurse is what an ordinarily prudent nurse would do under the same or similar circumstances.  Nursing malpractice involves any trained health care professional providing nursing services, including nurses and certified nurse assistants (CNAs). 

It’s crucial to understand that even basic “bedside” skills, such as administering and monitoring the effects of medication, wound care, and the use of IVs and catheters, among other things, can cause patient injury. Nurses often act as the gatekeepers between doctors and patients. 

Nurses have several duties and responsibilities, especially where bedridden patients are concerned. They spend a major part of their working day with patients. They are also trained to identify health issues and complications and report them to the doctor in a timely manner. If a nurse fails at performing their duties, serious complications, including injury and death can occur.

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Can You Sue a Nurse for Malpractice in Texas?

Nurses are licensed professionals who are usually employed and insured by the clinic, hospital, surgery center, or nursing home. A malpractice lawsuit will typically include both the at-fault nurse and the health care facility. Your medical malpractice attorney will perform a thorough investigation of the traumatic incident to build a strong case that holds the nurses and their employers accountable. Proving malpractice can be tricky work and requires substantial evidence and sound documentation. You should make sure that you work with a reputable and established firm to get the legal representation you deserve. It’s best to work with a skilled and proven nursing error attorney in Texas if you suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one to nurse malpractice. 

Common Nursing Errors That Can Lead to Malpractice

Medical negligence is reportedly the third leading cause of death in the USA, behind only heart disease and cancer.  Moreover, according to a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine entitled “The Safety of Inpatient Health Care,” nearly 1 in 4 patients experience an adverse event in the hospital, and approximately one-fourth of those adverse events were preventable. Nursing errors account for a significant percentage of those preventable adverse events. Taking this into account, a single nursing misstep can deteriorate a patient’s condition. Nurses can be held accountable if you suffer a severe medical setback while in their care. These are a few of the more common nursing errors in Texas:

  • Assessment errors, including not responding to the family’s request for an evaluation
  • Communication errors, such as failure to report the family’s concerns, or signs and symptoms to the attending physician
  • Failure to ensure doctor’s orders are carried out 
  • Failure to uphold postsurgical standards of care
  • Failure to properly record and report changes in patient condition
  • Medication errors, such as underdose, overdose, or the administration of an incorrect medication
  • Chart errors, such as failing to chart vital data, using the wrong abbreviation to note dosage, or misreading the doctor’s instructions

Infection control is a major duty of the nursing staff as well. Simple actions such as using aseptic techniques, washing hands, and cleaning instruments can go a long way in stopping infections. Nurses place patients and hospitals at risk for infection outbreaks by sweeping these efforts under the rug. Nursing negligence is a serious claim and should be handled by a seasoned nursing error attorney. 

Determining Liability in a Nursing Malpractice Claim

Any health care professional that provides nursing care and services can be held responsible in medical malpractice claims. This includes the attending doctor supervising the nurse, the nurse, and the health care institution. There are different levels of liability or responsibility where malpractice is concerned. These include:

  • Individual nurses are accountable for personal acts of negligence
  • Managers can be held liable for harmful acts if the nurse acted without specific instructions or was not supervised appropriately by the doctor
  • Medical facilities or hospitals can be held liable if they failed to hire, supervise, and/or train a qualified nurse to treat patients
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Our Capable and Resourceful Nursing Error Lawyer is Ready to Fight for You

If you suffered a severe injury or lost a family member due to nursing malpractice in a hospital or another healthcare facility, Glenn W. Cunningham is an experienced and knowledgeable nursing home abuse attorney in San Antonio who can help you obtain the justice you deserve. He is dedicated to Making Health Care Safer – One Case at a Time.™ Schedule your free case review with our lawyer today. Call our office or contact us online.  

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