Denver Nursing Malpractice Attorneys
We Represent Victims of Serious Medical Malpractice
Nurses are on the front lines of American medicine. That means their mistakes cause a lot more harm to many more people.
As healthcare professionals, just like doctors, nurses are capable of committing malpractice when they fail to uphold the standard of care expected of them. Every nurse must provide correct care at all times while on the job. And every hospital must have safeguards and coverage in place to ensure one "little mistake" doesn’t spiral out of control and end in a patient’s death.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to nursing malpractice, please call the Denver trial lawyers at Leventhal & Puga, P.C. We have handled thousands of similar cases across the country, and we understand the science behind modern medicine. For a no-cost initial consultation, call us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906. We will review your medical records and represent you at no upfront charge, if we believe you have a strong claim.
What Is Nursing Malpractice?
Professional malpractice of any kind ultimately comes down to a practitioner failing to uphold the responsibilities and standards of his profession. In other words, we trust our nurses to perform their duties appropriately when providing us with medical care. Malpractice occurs when a nurse acts in a way that he or she should not, and that action causes a patient harm.
Some forms of nursing malpractice may include:
- Improperly following a doctor’s instructions. Say a physician orders an X-ray for a patient, but the nurse does not deliver the order. Or the physician orders hourly check-ups on the patient, but the nurse skips a few and the patient suffers an injury during that time.
- Improperly administering medication to a patient. One case we handled involved a nurse who administered a medication called prostaglandin to a 4-day-old baby in the wrong dose. This little girl went into cardiac arrest, and when staff managed to resuscitate her after 33 minutes, she had suffered brain damage, leading to cerebral palsy and other lifelong disabilities.
- Failing to act when action is required. Nurses monitor the patients, and can more quickly see that’s something is wrong. If a nurse notices a serious patient health issue but does not speak up or take action, she’s not doing her job.
- Providing false or misleading information or supplies to a patient or doctor. For example, a tech who diverts drugs—like removing a syringe filled with fentanyl for a patient’s surgery and replacing it with another, contaminated syringe—for personal use could be guilty of nursing malpractice.
- Neglecting or ignoring a patient. There are truly some horror stories in the news about nurses playing video games or otherwise amusing themselves while patients struggle for life in another room only a few yards away.
- Verbally, emotionally, sexually, or physically abusing a patient. Needless to say, this is not allowed. In fact, this kind of mistreatment to a patient is known as a never event because it should NEVER be allowed to happen in any health facility, ever.
Where Malpractice Can Happen
Nursing malpractice can occur at any facility that employs nurses, whether nurse technicians, LPNs, RNs, or APNs. It can happen in a small doctor’s office or in a large hospital.
Another location for nursing malpractice, unfortunately, is nursing homes. Caregivers in these facilities are responsible for the daily care and well-being of the residents. Sometimes they betray that trust and neglect the needs of residents, steal from them, or abuse them.
How Can You Hold Nurses Responsible for Malpractice?In order to pursue a successful malpractice claim against a nurse, you have to show that the nurse failed to meet the standard of care in taking care of the victim, and that the failure directly caused the victim’s injuries or death. If the malpractice occurred in a hospital, the hospital could also be held liable for the actions of its employee.
These cases are complex; but you are not alone if you suffered a preventable medical injury through poor care. The Denver medical malpractice attorneys at Leventhal & Puga, P.C., have handled many such cases and gotten justice for our clients.
You and your loved ones deserve a legal team that puts you first. After a traumatic medical event, we know exactly what to do. Please call us at toll-free (877) 433-3906 and tell us about what happened. We take cases from across the United States, and charge no fees unless we win our clients fair compensation for their losses.
- Missed Nursing Care - AHRQ Patient Safety Network
- Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Physician Assistants in Physician Offices - CDC