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Since 1995, more than 1,700 patients have died and 9,500 have been injured as a result of nurse errors. Hospitals and medical facilities are rife with overworked and poorly trained nurses. Most nurse errors occur out of negligence or carelessness, which is only worsened by inadequate training or fatigue. Sadly, nurse errors are becoming increasingly common, often leading to serious injury or death.

If you or a loved one has suffered severe injury or death due to a nurse error, please contact us today to discuss your legal rights with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Causes of Nurse Error

There is a severe shortage of registered nurses in the United States. Nurses are often underpaid and overworked. Many hospitals have resorted to instituting mandatory overtime. Even worse, some hospitals are hiring unqualified, unlicensed nurses from temporary staffing agencies to keep up with the demand.

However, experts have noticed a direct relationship between inadequate nursing staff and increased adverse events. The Journal of Health Affairs specifically found that nurse errors are three times more likely to occur after a nurse's shift has passed the 12.5 hour mark.

See Also - Nursing Mistakes

Types of Nurse Errors

Some of the more common types of nurse errors include but are not limited to the following:

  • Dispensing improper medication dosage
  • Dispensing medication to the wrong patient
  • Misuse of a medical device
  • Failure to note a change in patient condition
  • Failure to report patient changes to the physician
  • Performing tasks beyond the scope of their training
  • Failure to perform vital care in a timely fashion

Victim of a Nurse Error?

If you or someone you love has been seriously harmed or killed due to a nurse error, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and suffering through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with an experienced, qualified medical malpractice attorney.

Related Nursing Error News 

April 1, 2008 - Suit Filed Claims Nursing Error 

Nov 5, 2007 - Suit Alleges Nursing Error at Texas Hospital 

May 16, 2007 - Nursing Error Results in $1.9 Million Settlement 

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