Every year, thousands of people in the Unites States suffer serious injury or death due to nursing mistakes. According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors including nursing mistakes kill 44,000 to 98,000 hospitalized patients every year.
Why do nursing mistakes occur?
There are a number of reasons why nursing mistakes are on the rise. There is a shortage of registered nurses in the U.S., which means that nurses are spread too thin. The working conditions required of nurses in hospitals have increased on-the-job pressure. Nurses are often overworked and underpaid . They are typically required to work overtime, which can result in serious nursing mistakes. According to a 2004 report in the journal of Health Affairs, the occurrence of nursing mistakes are three times higher after a shift has extended past 12.5 hours . Sixteen-hour work shifts are usually mandatory for nurses. In addition, in some hospitals, unlicensed or unregulated nurse aides provide care to patients, potentially leading to fatal nursing mistakes.
In addition to these risks, negligence is a major cause of nursing mistakes. A nurse may fail to take the proper steps to ensure a patient's health and well being. Such nursing mistakes can result in serious injury or illness to a patient.
Common types of nursing mistakes
Nursing mistakes can involve any of the following:
• Dispensing wrong medication
• Dispensing wrong dose of medication
• Giving a medication to the wrong patient
• Failing to monitor patient's condition
• Failing to follow physician's orders as to the care required
• Performing medical procedures without proper training
• Delaying vital care for hours
Unfortunately, these nursing mistakes can oftentimes lead to serious injury, illness, or death to a patient.
What are my legal rights?
If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed due to nursing mistakes or similar medical errors, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for your losses including medical costs, pain and suffering, and more. A qualified medical malpractice attorney can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal rights and options.
It is important to note that all medical malpractice claims are subject to a statute of limitations , which limits the amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit. Act now to ensure your legal rights are protected. Please contact us today to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney FREE of charge.
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