Nursing Mistakes Injury Lawyers
There’s no doubt that nurses provide invaluable support for physicians in a variety of settings, from doctor offices and emergency rooms to surgical centers and rehabilitation. Thus, when it comes to medical malpractice claims involving a physician, the attending nurse may be listed as a potential “at fault party,” depending on the type of mistake or error. Even so, the most common nursing mistakes concern medication errors, documenting mistakes, patient falls, infections and injuries from improper use of equipment. Also included in these types of mistakes are:
- Failure to correspond with other healthcare team members to deliver effective treatment
- Failure to clarify instructions
- Failure to ask for help or assistance
- Failure to effectively communicate information to patients and families
- Failure to limit overtime hours
While shortages of nurses are creating heavier than normal workloads in hospitals across the country, many are finding that nurses are delegating patient care tasks to those that might not be adequately trained. Thus, there is greater pressure on nurses to make decisions and use advanced forms of technology that they may or may not fully understand. Regardless of the demands placed on nurses, however, they are required to provide the same standard of patient care in South Carolina as other medical professionals. If the level of care given results in the patient’s injury or death, the nurse could be considered negligent.
The Effects Of Nursing Mistakes
While a doctor’s visit, surgery or hospital stay is purposed to improve a patient’s health, a nursing mistake can turn a simple treatment or procedure into a catastrophic one. For instance, an error in anesthesia can result in a severe brain injury with life-altering consequences. In another case, imagine that a medication in pill form is crushed and instilled into a critical care patient’s NG tube. Tragically, the nurse fails to read the label on the medication, which said, “Do not crush.” As a result, the patient’s heart rate slows to an asystole, or flat line, and the patient dies.
While medication administration accounts for a large majority of nursing errors, it is a multistep process of prescribing, transcribing, dispensing and administering the drugs and observing patients. Mistakes can happen at any step in the process, resulting in a patient taking the wrong medication and developing a devastating injury. This type of mistake may or may not be the fault of the nurse. Yet, the result is the same.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury that you believe is due to a nursing error, contact the nursing mistake injury attorneys at Wern Lawyers in North Charleston. Let’s discuss what happened to you and determine the potential value of your claim. As always, our evaluation is free of charge.