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Can a Nurse Be Held Liable for Malpractice?


As many can attest, when admitted at a hospital, the person you may see the most might be a nurse. As with doctors, nurses are healthcare professionals that can be held liable for a 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.

Victim of Medical Malpractice in Indiana?

The Sweeney Law Firm handles all types of cases related to medical malpractice and medical negligence. 

At Sweeney Law Firm, the initial consultation is free, and if we agree to accept your case, we will handle your case on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a settlement or recovery of funds.

Remember there is never a fee, unless we make a recovery for you.