When you are receiving care from a medical provider, you are usually doing
so with the understanding that those providing care for you have received
the proper training to do so. Since doctors and nurses both require specialized
and intensive training in order to perform their jobs, a nurse that has
move away from their specific medical duties and has harmed a patient
in their care can be held liable. Of note, however, is that a nurse themselves
is not often held liable, but the doctor or hospital that oversaw the
nurses’ actions. Regardless, if you were receiving care in Portland
and were harmed by the actions of a nursing professional, you may be entitled
Who is responsible when I am harmed by a nurse?
Nursing malpractice occurs anytime a nurse does not adequately perform the duties of their
position that other nurses with the appropriate training in the same scenario
would have taken. Not only did the nurse fail to perform their job, but
this lack of professionalism resulted in harm to a patient in their care.
Speaking with a medical malpractice attorney can help uncover whether or
not nursing malpractice has taken place, but some of the most common malpractice
scenarios we see involve:
- Failing to take appropriate steps when action needs to be taken
- Improperly monitoring the condition of a patient
- Harming patient with a piece of medical equipment
administering of medicine
If a nurse is found to act outside the proper duty of care they are usually
held to, the doctor or the hospital can be held responsible for their
actions. Doctors may be liable if the doctor was supervising the nurse
when the mistake occurred and if the doctor would have been able to control
the actions of the nurse. However, since most nurses are employed by the
hospital itself, hospitals are usually the one that is responsible in a
nursing malpractice case.
Medical malpractice is a complicated field of law due to the reliance on
expert testimony to prove the wrongdoing of the doctor or nurse. This
is the reason why The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C. have dedicated
their legal services to fighting back against negligent medical professionals.
Exclusively taking on medical malpractice cases, our attorney is able
to retain top medical experts that can testify on behalf of our clients.
Get started by
calling our firm to learn how we can benefit any med mal case.