Increased demands placed on nurses in the safekeeping and management of patients, and ever-expanding responsibilities as a nurse, and have led to a concurrent expansion of legal liability for nursing malpractice.
However, the patient must establish that there was a departure from the accepted standard practices. This is care that would have been given by a prudent nurse practicing in the same circumstance.
Occasionally there are multiple accepted Standards of Care for the same circumstance. A nurse is not negligent, as long as the nurse chose an approved method, even if that choice later turns out to be the incorrect method.
If the defendant nurse provided care that was consistent with accepted practice, the nurse will not be found negligent, regardless of outcome.
Required for Nursing Negligence:
- Causal relationship between the act, or omission of acts, that departs from the accepted nursing standard of care and the patient’s subsequent injury.
- Established that if the nurse had not been negligent, with high probably, the patient’s injury would not have occurred.
Supported by an expert witness testimony.
Our Legal Nurse Consultants will review all the relevant documents, prepare reports, research Standards and locate testifying experts for plaintiff or defense.
When something has been done incorrectly. We will find it. This is absolutely necessary for the breakdown in the policy and procedure at the facility to be revised to prevent future occurrences, safeguarding patients and nurses.
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