Nursing staff plays a critical role in monitoring patient care, as well as assisting physicians with administering treatments or procedures. However, just like other medical professionals who are entrusted to care for patients, nurses who act incompetently and make mistakes should be held accountable for their actions. Nursing negligence can be difficult to navigate, so it’s imperative to work with knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys like those at The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek. Our staff includes highly experienced nurses who can utilize their firsthand experience to evaluate and manage your case.
Standard of Care
When a medical malpractice case is brought against a negligent nurse, a patient must meet the same elements as other malpractice cases. A patient must first prove a nurse-patient relationship was in place and that the nurse failed to meet the required standard of care. If the nurse(s) performed their job in a way that does not meet the standard of care (i.e. the way a competent nurse in a similar situation would have provided care), the nursing negligence led to injuries, and the patient suffered damages as a result, there may be a case for medical malpractice against the nurse(s) at issue.
Nursing negligence and malpractice can occur in many different situations. One unfortunately common example is a nurse failing to closely monitor a patient in their care and thus failing to notice something of concern. As a result, the physician may not be timely notified of a changing condition, or be able to administer critical care. Nurses who injure the patient with medical equipment or commit a medication error can also be held liable for nursing negligence. Nurses are typically in charge of administering the proper medication to the patient, with the correct dosage and at the right time. Failing to do any of those things can cause injury to the patient.
If a case makes it to trial, an expert witness is usually required to establish the standard of care applicable to your case. The expert witnesses will testify what a competent nurse in a similar situation would have done, and why it would have avoided causing injury to the patient. Since we already have experienced nurses on staff, Cardaro & Peek is particularly well suited to handle nursing malpractice cases and find the best experts to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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Do you believe that you or your loved one has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or medical neglect? You need to talk to an experienced team of local lawyers today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.