Nursing Error Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale
Nurses take an oath to care for their patients and to raise the standards
and prestige of nursing. This includes being a strong patient advocate
and performing duties responsibly and safely. Oftentimes, short-staffed
units and long hours can cause nurses to cut corners in their care, make
critical errors, or miss life-threatening changes in their patient’s status.
When nurses fail to protect their patients or they are negligent in their
duties, serious and
fatal injuries can occur. In such cases, a
Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorney can help.
Contact Kelley/Uustal to learn more.
Types of Nursing Errors
A nursing error can occur in any medical setting, including home care,
nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals. Nurses have a tremendous amount
of responsibility in these settings. They are often responsible for monitoring
the patient closely, taking vital signs, observing the patient for any
changes in their health status that could be life-threatening, monitoring
IVs, administering drugs, following physician orders, listening to the
patient’s needs, and providing detailed documentation of all events
The most common nursing errors that result in significant injury include:
- Improper administration of medication
- Giving the wrong type of medication
- Failing to monitor patient vitals closely
- False charting of tasks that were not performed or medications that were
- Not turning bedridden patients, causing bed sores
- Improper insertion of IV lines
- Wrong medication administered into IV line
- Ignoring patients and their calls for help
- Improper use of restraints
- Not using bedrails appropriately, leading to a patient fall
- Failing to contact physician in emergencies
- Improper emergency techniques used
- Questionable critical judgment in emergency situations
- Not answering call lights
- Giving the wrong patient a medication or performing the wrong procedure
on a patient
When Is a Mistake Negligence?
There are times when a nursing mistake is more than just a mistake. Nurses
who do not listen to patients cries for help, who restrain their patients
inappropriately, or who are negligent in their duties put patients in
serious jeopardy. They may miss important signs of distress, cause significant
harm through botched procedures or improper care, or put patients in harm's
way through direct neglect. When this occurs, it is unconscionable, and
those nurses can - and
should - be held responsible.
Injuries from Nursing Errors
Nursing errors can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries, including:
- Decubitus ulcers or bedsores
- IV infiltration leading to serious infection or amputation
- Fractures from falling out of bed
- Heart attacks
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Septic shock
If you or someone you love has suffered serious harm because of a nursing
error, you may have cause to file a medical malpractice claim. It is important
to speak to an experienced South Florida medical malpractice attorney
as soon as possible.
In Florida the statute of limitations for filing
a medical malpractice claim is just 2 years. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can ensure
that you do not miss any critical deadlines for filing a claim.
Our Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice lawyers at Kelley/Uustal have been
fighting for the rights of injured patients for decades. We believe that
negligent nurses should be held accountable for the injuries they cause.
Contact Kelley/Uustal at (954) 522-6601.