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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 and procedures.

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 administered
  • 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:

  • Infection
  • Decubitus ulcers or bedsores
  • IV infiltration leading to serious infection or amputation
  • Fractures from falling out of bed
  • Lacerations
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Septic shock
  • Death

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.

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