A number of factors are responsible for an increase in negligent medical errors made by nurses in New York and across the country. Nurse shortages and hospital downsizing mean heavier workloads for nurses. Nurses also have more freedom to make decisions at work, including the delegation of some tasks to unlicensed assistants.
More intensive nursing care is often required as patients are discharged earlier from hospitals. In today’s care settings, this often means using advanced technology that some nurses may struggle to master.
Despite greater pressure on nurses, they still owe a duty to provide competent care to each of their patients. Care that falls short of the accepted professional standard for nurses may represent an instance of negligence that could be the subject of a malpractice claim.
Nurses do very important work and in the vast majority of cases contribute to patient well-being. Nursing mistakes, however, may lead to debilitating patient injury and even death. It is natural to ask whether an error made by a nurse could have been avoided and whether that might have improved the patient’s medical outcome.
Not every bad outcome is malpractice, and not every valid malpractice claim results in compensation. However, it costs nothing to have your case investigated and the potential for success in a lawsuit evaluated.
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, has a long record of holding nurses and hospitals accountable for negligent medical errors. Accomplished trial lawyer Richard Jaffe is intimately involved in every case. He brings to the table 20-plus years of legal experience, demonstrated courtroom skills, a nationwide network of medical experts and unique insights as a trained EMT (emergency medical technician).
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According to a report released by the Nurse Services Organization (NSO), the leading types of malpractice claims against nurse practitioners include:
Other types of nursing negligence include:
The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), a federal information clearinghouse that tracks medical malpractice claims, identifies four types of nurses:
Any of these nurses who were responsible for providing you with care may have breached the duty owed to you if the care deviated from accepted standards.
Other possible defendants in a nursing malpractice case include:
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a nurse’s negligent medical mistake, you may be entitled to compensation. It costs you nothing to have your potential lawsuit evaluated. We invite you to tell us exactly what happened to you so that we can determine if your medical malpractice case has merit.
The medical malpractice lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, work with distinguished medical experts to review cases, select the viable ones and meticulously prepare lawsuits. When we move forward on a case, we do so with full confidence that the claim is just, our client is deserving of compensation and we can demonstrate these facts.
For a free claim evaluation and consultation, call us now or fill out our online contact form. We will respond promptly. We can arrange evening and weekend appointments, and we can come to you.