Like doctors, nurses owe a duty of care to their patients and can be sued for malpractice if they don’t adhere to appropriate standards of care. In most cases, however, such claims target the hospital, nursing home, or other healthcare facilities that employ the nurse. If you are a New Jersey resident and have suffered harm as a result of a nurse’s negligence, you should promptly get in touch with the experienced nursing malpractice attorneys of Nagel Rice LLP.
Our legal team has a well-deserved reputation for integrity, sharp litigation skills, and successful outcomes. During our decades of dealing with personal injury cases, we have won over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts. Come to us for a free evaluation. Once you become our client, we will work hard to create a winning strategy and fight aggressively to win you just compensation. Moreover, we will charge you nothing until we recover damages.
The Four Elements We Must Prove in a New Jersey Nursing Malpractice Claim
In order to prove that the nurse in question was negligent, our nursing malpractice attorneys must prove that the nurse:
- Had a duty of care to you as a patient
- Breached that duty of care during treatment
- Injured you seriously by breaching that duty of care
- Caused you substantive damages as a result of that breach (i.e. monetary losses)
Common Type of Nursing Malpractice
Common types of nursing malpractice allegations include:
Failure to correctly document procedures or medication administration
Record-keeping is a critical part of medical care and a significant part of a nurse’s duties. Unless the nurse makes regular, accurate notations of when a patient was given medication, had a bandage changed, or was repositioned to reduce the possibility of bedsores, that nurse may be considered reckless in administering care.
It is crucial that doctors know specifically what doses of medications have been administered and when. Nurses’ misconduct in such situations can lead to severe consequences, even wrongful death.
Failure to follow established protocol and/or failure to use medical equipment properly
When nurses do not take vital signs at regular intervals, do not follow required sanitary and sterilization precautions, or fail to use IVs, catheters, syringes, heart-monitoring devices, or other equipment in the way they are designed to be used, great harm can result to their patients. These are situations in which our nursing malpractice attorneys will prove invaluable.
Failing to communicate with patients and their families
Situations arise in which some nurses may be derelict in their duty by not explaining what is happening to the patient or to the patient’s loved ones. Nurses are on the frontline when it comes to personal communication with patients and must be forthcoming about information they have learned or observed with doctors and patients alike.
Even if nurses are afraid of getting into trouble or losing their jobs, they have a responsibility to reveal any information that affects their patient’s health or well-being. Protecting a doctor or another nurse who has made a mistake is also unacceptable when doing so can jeopardize a patient’s health.
Failure to monitor the progress of a patient or failure to respond to patient complaints
Again, the nurse is the person most available to the patient and, as such, must respond with interest and concern to reports of pain, chills, nausea, extreme weakness, or other symptoms that may indicate a complication, such as an infection, or be a sign of a worsening condition.
Failure to monitor the patient as frequently as necessary to maintain nutrition, hydration, normal excretion, pain control, and safety can be disastrous in a hospital or nursing home setting.
If nurses fail to do their jobs well, they have to be held accountable. At Nagel Rice, we are well-prepared to do just that.
Why Nagel Rice Is the Wise Choice in Cases of Nursing Malpractice in New Jersey
Our lawyers are accomplished in all areas of nursing malpractice and will take over all legal and logistical matters. You can rely on us to:
- Handle all communications with opposing attorneys and insurance adjusters
- Investigate the defendant’s history of any similar negligence or misconduct
- Examine all medical reports
- Interview witnesses
- Identify all responsible parties up the chain of command
- Consult with experts in pertinent fields who will bolster your case in court
Most of all, we have the background and in-depth legal knowledge to fight aggressively for your rights even when confronted by the high-power attorneys of large healthcare systems.
Damages We Will Fight To Recover
Depending on the particulars of your case, we will seek several or all of the following as fair compensation for all you have endured:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Extended nursing care
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you are dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one, though we know we can’t lessen your grief, we will help you obtain justice for the wrongful death in terms of damages for final medical costs, funeral costs, and loss of financial and emotional support.
Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Nursing Malpractice Attorneys Today
Nursing malpractice takes many forms, none of which have any place in the world of modern medicine. If you or a loved one has been mistreated by a nurse and suffered injury as a result, get in touch with one of our medical negligence lawyers to find out how our firm’s professionals combine excellent legal representation with empathy and concern. We will do everything in our power to right the wrongs that have been done to you and to obtain every dollar of compensation you need and deserve. Contact us now so we can begin fighting to protect your future.
Nagel Rice LLP helps its clients with their nursing malpractice claims throughout New Jersey including Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Sussex County.