Nurses play a critical role in the health care system. Their role on the front lines, delivering day-to-day care and acting as the eyes and ears of patients, gives them well-earned respect. Nurses are supposed to serve as powerful advocates for patients. They also act as important liaisons between the patient and health care team.
The great responsibility that nurses bear has a flip side: Failure to uphold that responsibility leads to dire consequences. Nursing malpractice can result from inadequate training or supervision, distractions, staffing cutbacks, long shifts, a noncollaborative work environment and countless other factors. The nursing shortage caused by hospitals looking to increase their profit margins places a higher burden on individual nurses, which in turn increases the likelihood of errors.
Examples of nursing-related negligence include:
- Failure to properly monitor patients
- Failure to properly document care
- Failure to respond appropriately to emergency situations
- Failure to follow guidelines for preventing falls
- Failure to observe or report changes in the patient's condition
- Errors in administering medication
- Mistakes using medical equipment
- Improper delegation of important care-related tasks to less trained staff
Pursuing Justice, Accountability And A Fair Recovery
At Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC, we appreciate the important and tireless work of nurses. Yet we also believe that, when nurses fail to live up to their responsibilities, they should be held accountable.
Our attorneys handle nurse malpractice cases in accordance with our mission to help victims and improve the overall quality of care. We can help you find answers and pursue a full and fair recovery. Our lawyers — who have more than 30 years of collective experience in medical malpractice — have the proven ability to prevail in complex cases. We recover millions every year for victims of medical malpractice.
Contact us online or by phone at 866-822-8237 to arrange a free consultation. Based in Michigan, we handle nursing malpractice claims across the country.