Nursing Negligence Attorneys in Baltimore and Washington DC
Both doctors and patients rely on nurses to competently administer care. Nurses are responsible for much of the work of caring for patients, acting as the first line of defense against sickness, injury, and death. Nursing negligence is a major problem that can result in unnecessary suffering or worse for patients.
The Maryland medical malpractice law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton is a powerful advocate for victims of nursing negligence. With offices in Maryland and Washington D.C., our firm resources include a team of full-time medical investigators and medical professionals throughout the United States. If you or a loved one was the victim of nursing negligence, learn your rights during a free case review.
What is Nursing Negligence?
Nurses are required to be attendant and observant towards their patients, responding to urgent needs ensuring that they are healthy and stable, and relaying important information about their conditions to doctors. Staffing shortages at many hospitals mean that nurses are often overworked and nursing errors are increasingly common.
Nursing negligence is any action or lack thereof that endangers the safety and well-being of patients. Common examples of nursing negligence include:
- Failure to monitor a patient or notice changes in their vital signs.
- Failure to properly diagnose a patient’s ailments.
- Shift change errors: the nurse fails to properly hand off duties to another nurse at the end of a shift.
- Failure to convey important information to a patient’s physician.
- Failure to carry out the doctor’s orders.
- Allowing patients to leave their beds when they are incapable. Some patients insist on using the restroom or otherwise getting up when they are too weak to do so without assistance. This makes them a risk for falling and requires nurses to ensure that patients stay in their beds for their own safety or provide required assistance.
- Medication errors: nurses are responsible for ensuring that patients receive the right medications and in the proper doses.
- Failure to use patient lifts.
- Providing care without possessing the appropriate training.
How Nursing Negligence Hurts Patients
Nursing negligence results in numerous deaths and injuries every year. A recent study showed that 2,000 patients have died in the United States since 1995 as a result of nursing negligence, while an additional 10,000 patients suffered unnecessary injuries. Given the increasingly short-staffed nature of U.S. hospitals, these figures are expected to increase in the future.
Nursing negligence can lead to:
- Pain and suffering
- Spinal injuries (when a patient is dropped or allowed to fall)
- Brain injuries
- Respiratory ailments
Help for Nursing Negligence Victims
Medical errors are one of the leading causes of harm in the U.S. Nurses, doctors, and other professionals are required to perform their duties in accordance with professional standards. When they fail to do so—and a patient is injured or dies as a result—this can lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Schochor, Federico and Staton is one of the leading medical malpractice law firms in the Baltimore and Washington DC area. Our award-winning attorneys will work with you to ensure fair settlement for any complications suffered from negligent nursing. Schedule a free case review.