Our New York Injury Lawyer team will tell you a nurse is a certified medical professional responsible for patient well-being and health. The role of a nurse is critical to patient safety. Nurses have the training and skills required to monitor patients, evaluate fetal monitors and administer injections. Many times nurses educate the patient prior to dismissal from the hospital. Nurses are expected to provide a certain standard of care in many settings, such as hospitals, outpatient clinics and nursing homes.
In the United States, there is a shortage of qualified nurses. Nurses are often overworked and underpaid. In many instances, hospitals have instituted mandatory overtime for nurses. As a result, many hospitals have resorted to hiring unlicensed, unqualified nurses to overcome the shortage of registered nurses. Unfortunately, our New York Nursing Error Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has found a direct relationship between the unqualified nursing staff and increased nursing error. The types of errors can lead to spinal injury, birth injury, blindness, brain injury or even death.
Medical facilities and hospitals are filled with poorly trained and overworked nurses. Most nursing error results from carelessness or negligence arising from inadequate training or fatigue. Nursing error is increasing and can cause serious injury and wrongful death. According to the New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, each year approximately 2000 deaths occur as a result of nursing error. Nursing error often can be combined with a doctors mistake making the mater worse.
Nursing error is the improper treatment of a patient by a nurse. In most cases, nursing error goes undiscovered due to a lack of adverse effects or physical injury. There are many different forms of nursing error. Our New York Injury Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned misuse of a medical device is among the common types of nursing error, along with:
- Administering improper medication dosage
- Documentation failure
- Administering wrong medication
- Working beyond the scope of training
- Failure to provide vital care
- Patient reporting failure
Most cases of nursing error result from understaffed hospitals and clinics. At other times nursing error results from nurses working in unfamiliar departments. Nursing error also results from inadequate training or improper use of medical devices.
When nurses perform their jobs correctly, they provide a significant service to patients. They communicate vital information to the doctor. They prepare patients for surgery, regulate medication, monitor vital signs and educate the patient. According to our New York Nursing Error Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, when nurses are careless, their negligence can result in a patient’s substantial injury and even death.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a nursing error, contact our New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for a free preliminary case assessment. Please call us at 800.696.9529, online or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our New York office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.