When people visit a hospital, doctor's office, or any other care facility, they often are cared for by nurses. Nurses, like doctors, have a duty to provide thorough and attentive care. Sadly, however, not all nurses provide sufficient care or treatment, and their patients suffer harm as a result. If you or a loved one were harmed due to inadequate care provided by a nurse, it is wise to consult an assertive Cape Cod medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your potential claims. The seasoned attorneys of the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, have more than one hundred and fifty years of collective experience representing people seeking compensation for injuries, and we will work tirelessly to help you seek a favorable outcome. Our aggressive advocacy has allowed us to recover multiple multi-million dollar damages awards and settlements for our injured clients.Signs of Nursing Malpractice
Hospitals and doctors’ offices generally have nurses on staff to tend to patients, which can include administering medications, meeting nutritional needs, and providing baths. When a nurse fails to provide adequate care, it can result in significant illnesses and injuries and in some cases, death.
There are numerous signs that may indicate that a patient suffered harm due to nursing malpractice. For example, if a patient in a hospital develops bed sores, it may be due to a nurse's failure to reposition the resident or monitor the resident's skin. Similarly, if a nurse fails to monitor a patient or use adequate fall prevention and the patient falls as a result, the nurse may be liable for the harm caused by the fall. Additionally, if a patient is administered the incorrect medication or incorrect dosage, it may constitute nursing malpractice. If a patient is not properly monitored following surgery, it could be grounds for a nursing malpractice claim as well.Recovering Compensation for Harm Caused by Nursing Malpractice
In most cases in which a person is harmed by nursing malpractice, the victim can seek damages via a lawsuit asserting a negligence claim. To prove a nurse should be held liable for negligence, you must first prove that the nurse owed you a duty of care. In nursing malpractice cases, the duty owed is the duty to provide care and treatment commensurate with the care another competent nurse working in the same field would employ under similar circumstances. You must then establish that the nurse breached the duty through his or her actions or inactions. Once a breach is proven, you must show that the breach caused actual harm.
It is common in nursing malpractice cases for the nurse to argue that the patient’s harm was caused by a pre-existing condition or the negligence of another party. Thus, in most cases, it will be necessary to retain an expert to offer an opinion regarding the applicable standard of care, the manner in which it was breached, and how the breach caused the harm suffered.Damages Recoverable in a Nursing Malpractice Case
Nursing negligence can cause emotional, physical, and financial harm. If you were injured due to nursing malpractice, you may be awarded the cost of any treatment needed for your injuries as well as any out of pocket expenses associated with that treatment. If you are unable to work due to your injuries or illness, you may be able to recover compensation for loss of earning capacity as well. You may also be awarded damages for the pain and suffering you endured due to the malpractice.Consult a Capable Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Cape Cod
If you believe you suffered harm or lost a loved one due to negligent nursing care, you should can a seasoned attorney to discuss your options for seeking damages. The diligent injury attorneys of the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, will strive to develop effective arguments on your behalf to help you seek a favorable outcome. Our zealous advocacy has enabled us to uphold a record of successful outcomes, including several verdicts and settlements of over one million dollars. We routinely aid injured parties in the pursuit of compensation in lawsuits in Cape Cod. Additionally, we can meet for consultations in Plymouth and in Hyannis. We can be contacted at 888-262-6664 or via our online form to set up a confidential and free meeting to discuss your case. Nós Falamos Português.