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Six Ways a Nurse Can Be Held Liable for Malpractice

When you or a loved one are admitted to a hospital, there may be a variety of professionals involved in your care. Any one of them can make a life-threatening mistake. A nursing malpractice attorney representing Indiana clients can help you determine if you can recover monetary damages for that mistake.

There are six different ways a nurse can commit malpractice:

  1. Failure to follow standards of care. A nurse is responsible to provide the level of care that is expected by the profession.
  2. Failure to use equipment in a responsible manner. Nurses handle a lot of dangerous equipment that requires them to understand the capabilities and hazards of each item.
  3. Failure to communicate. A nurse needs to tell a doctor when he or she suspects that something is wrong with the patient.
  4. Failure to document. Every change in a patient’s status needs to be documented so that the other nurses and doctors can provide appropriate treatment.
  5. Failure to assess and monitor. A nurse needs to constantly monitor the patient’s health and report any serious changes to superiors in a timely fashion.
  6. Failure to act as a patient advocate. Nurses need to do what is in the patient’s best interest, even if it conflicts with their own ethical beliefs.

When a nurse makes a mistake, the nurse, the doctor, or the hospital can be held liable. If you are the victim of a nurse’s mistake, Indiana nursing malpractice attorneys can help you maximize your recovery by working with experts to conduct a thorough forensic medical investigation to determine who was at fault.

Located across the street from the Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana, the injury law firm of Theodoros & Rooth stands by your side through every step of your case. Your initial legal consultation is free and we handle personal injury cases on contingency-fee basis — meaning you do not pay attorney fees unless compensation is recovered for your losses through a verdict or settlement. We are located just 30 miles outside Chicago. Call us at 219.769.6393 or contact us online to see if you have a case.