Phoenix Nursing Error Attorney
Every aspect of a patient’s health care experience could affect his or her final prognosis. Even a seemingly minor mistake could impede a patient’s treatment plan and lower the odds of making a full recovery.
Nurses provide critical medical care during a patient’s stay, from cleaning wounds to noticing distressing symptoms. A negligent nurse could make an error that ultimately injures or even kills a patient. Contact the Phoenix nursing error attorneys at Gallagher & Kennedy if you believe a nursing error caused you or a loved one’s recent harm. Our Phoenix injury lawyers may be able to help you obtain justice.
Why Choose Us?
- We have helped patients with medical malpractice lawsuits in Arizona for over 40 years, cultivating a reputation of excellence in the area.
- We can help make your future more manageable after a serious injury or the death of a loved one by achieving positive case results.
- We take nursing error cases on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to worry about the costs of legal representation.
When To Call a Nursing Error Lawyer
Almost all medical malpractice claims in Arizona require an attorney’s assistance. The state’s filing rules for medical malpractice lawsuits require an attorney to submit a sworn affidavit from an expert witness describing what the defendant did wrong. Trying to handle your claim alone may lead to common mistakes that could bar you from recovery, such as missing your statute of limitations. Gallagher & Kennedy’s Phoenix medical malpractice attorneys can help you take action against a negligent nurse in Arizona.
What Are Nursing Errors?
Nurses play vital roles in the medical industry. They intermediate between patients and physicians, care for patients during hospital stays, administer medications and perform dozens of other important tasks behind the scenes. Unfortunately, new, poorly trained, careless or negligent nurses could fail to uphold the standards of care for their profession, resulting in serious patient injuries or deaths.
- Failure to communicate
- Poor collaboration with other team members
- Failure to obey interdisciplinary orders
- Failure to provide proper patient care
- Failure to take adequate rest breaks (working while fatigued)
- Medication mistakes
- Lack of proper sanitation
- Charting errors
Any action or omission by a nurse, resulting in patient injuries or deaths, could constitute medical malpractice. If another nurse would have performed his or her job duties differently and prevented the damages in question, the defendant may be guilty of malpractice. As an injured patient or the loved one of someone who recently passed away while at a medical center in Arizona, you could have grounds to file a claim against the nurse and/or the health care center.
Who Is Liable?
Liability is unique in nursing error claims compared to claims against doctors or surgeons. Physicians and surgeons typically work as independent contractors, while nurses are employees of the hospital. A medical malpractice lawsuit against an independent contractor holds the individual responsible for damages. A claim against an employee, however, will involve the employer’s vicarious liability.
Hospitals, doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, and surgical centers in Arizona are vicariously liable for their employees. If the nurse that committed the alleged malpractice works for the health care center, you could have a claim against the facility rather than the individual nurse. This could improve your odds of securing fair compensation since the facility’s insurance company will likely have better coverage than an individual nurse’s. An attorney from Gallagher & Kennedy can help you determine liability in your case.
Seek Compensation for a Nursing Error
If you suspect a nursing error caused your recent injuries, illness or infection, contact Gallagher & Kennedy to discuss your situation with a Phoenix medical malpractice lawyer. We have decades of practice area experience and may be able to help your family obtain compensation. We utilize our resources, experience and knowledge to provide the best legal counsel possible. Our Phoenix nursing error lawyers can research your incident and prepare your case for filing while you focus on getting well. Consult with an attorney today at (602) 530-8400.