Nurses are sometimes given extended shifts in an effort to provide more flexible options with scheduling. However, the repercussions, which include medical malpractice, could be dangerous to patients.
A three-year study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that nurses who work longer shifts were more likely to experience burnout and dissatisfaction with their jobs. The consequences for patients include not receiving help in a timely manner, poor communication and inadequate pain management.
Types of Medical Malpractice Involving Nurses
You may be able to file a medical malpractice claim if you or a loved one was injured as a result of a nurse’s negligence. You will need adequate evidence that proves the nurse failed to perform his or her duties, and it resulted in harm.
The following are some examples of medical malpractice associated with nursing:
- failure to notify the doctor when there is an emergency;
- administering the wrong dosage or drug;
- delaying or not responding to calls for help;
- leaving a sponge inside a patient; and
- incorrect medication injection.
Other Parties That May Be Liable in a Medical Malpractice Case
While the nurse may have acted in a careless or reckless manner and caused injury to a patient, others may be liable as well. For instance, the attending doctor also could be responsible if he or she was aware of the nurse’s negligence and failed to stop it. Liability could include the hospital or clinic, such as if the facility is not staffed properly or hires unqualified nurses.
Contacting a Medical Malpractice Attorney in New York
To learn more about the legal options that may be available, contact a medical malpractice attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates at (800) 246-4878. We can determine if you have a viable claim worth pursuing.