Atlanta Nursing Negligence Lawyers
Nurses perform a vital role in this country’s healthcare system. They’re present at the birthing of babies, during surgeries, and also found in nursing homes, hospices, and emergency rooms. In fact, they are a presence at many patients’ first and last moments of life. Nurses work closely with both doctors and patients, and have a responsibility to carry out a physician’s treatment instructions correctly while also closely monitoring a patient’s response to that treatment.
As is the case with all medical professions, a nurse who performs his or her duties negligently can be held liable for any injuries that result from that negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a nurse’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Because most nurses are the employees of the hospital or clinic where they work, the defendant in a nursing malpractice lawsuit is usually the employer.
Hospitals and clinics carry large medical malpractice insurance policies in case of such lawsuits. This means that a victim filing a malpractice claim will be going up against the insurance company’s battle-hardened lawyers, whose job is to minimize their client’s culpability. To have a successful claim against them, you will need the representation of an experienced Georgia medical malpractice law firm. The attorneys at Atlanta’s Grant Law Office have spent more than 30 years fighting for the rights of medical malpractice victims. To get the compensation you and your family deserve, call Grant Law Office at (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 for your free consultation.
Common Types of Nursing Negligence
Because nurses have such an intimate relationship with patients, they are the most likely candidates for causing a patient harm. Some common ways a nurse can act negligently include the following:
- Failure to adequately monitor a patient: It is a nurse’s duty to be vigilant when caring for patients. This means monitoring their vital signs, reactions to medication and other treatment, making sure they are comfortable, and promptly notifying the attending physician if there are any signs of a patient’s condition worsening.
- Failure to act when action is required: Since nurses work so closely with patients, they are often the first ones on the scene when emergency treatment is needed. For instance, if a nurse finds a patient in cardiac arrest, he or she must sound an alarm and begin performing CPR until the attending physician arrives.
- Failure to follow shift change procedures: When nurses hand over patient responsibility when their shift is over, they need to keep the next shift’s staff up to date on any issues or changes in treatment for their patients.
- Incorrect entries on reports and charts, or misplaced reports and charts: Mistakes on a patient’s paperwork can result in incorrect treatment or lack of treatment.
- Failure to carry out a physician’s prescribed treatment: This could be not administering medication, not moving a patient to avoid bedsores, not putting patient on an I.V., etc.
- Failure to supervise a patient: For instance, allowing a patient to go to the restroom by himself when he is in danger of falling and injuring himself.
- Dropping or allowing a patient to fall while transporting him or her: Nurses should use proper techniques and have adequate help when transferring a patient from bed to a stretcher, or to the operating room, etc.
- Failure to relay important information about a patient to the doctor: Doctors need to be aware of everything regarding their patient’s condition.
- Medication errors: If a nurse misreads a chart or prescription and injects or gives a patient the wrong medication or the wrong dose, serious damage can be done to the patient.
Compensation for Damages
As you can see, there are numerous ways a nurse’s negligence can cause harm to a patient. If you or a loved is injured due to a nurse’s negligent behavior, you may sue for compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional trauma, permanent injury or disability, lost wages, loss of career or earning capacity, household and vehicle modifications (wheelchair ramps and lifts, etc.), scarring and disfigurement, hedonic damages for loss of joy of life (inability to engage in sexual activity, play golf, see or hear family members, etc.), and wrongful death in the event that you’ve lost a loved one because of a nurse’s negligence.
Get Seasoned Legal Representation
As we said earlier, a successful malpractice lawsuit against such a large and well-financed entity as a hospital or medical clinic is no easy endeavor. Let the proven litigation skills of the legal team at Atlanta’s Grant Law Office take over the nuts and bolts of your claim while you concentrate on coping with your injury or loss. Call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 today for a free case evaluation. Our clients pay no out-of-pocket expenses and no retainer fees. We only take our fee if we get you a successful settlement or verdict.