Nurse Liability in Malpractice Cases
Can Nurses Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?
Like physicians, nurses can be held responsible for harming patients. When a nurse harms a patient through improper treatment, disregard for safety or hospital protocol, or other negligent failure, they can be subject to medical malpractice lawsuits. Just like doctors, nurses are tasked with exercising the utmost caution when treating patients, especially when administering drugs, using medical machinery, and communicating with doctors and other nurses about patient care.
Hospital & Physician Liability for Nursing Malpractice
If a nurse injures a patient due to negligence, they may sometimes be held individually responsible for their actions, but hospitals and attending physicians may also be held responsible. The hospital may be responsible if the nurse was directly employed by or an agent of the hospital, the nurse was performing a job-related task when the patient was harmed, or if the nurse was acting under the direct instruction of a doctor or other hospital staff member.
The attending physician may also be held responsible if they failed to adequately supervise the nurse in question, failed to prevent the nurse from behaving negligently, or instructed the nurse to perform the action(s) that injured the patient.
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At Freidin Brown, P.A., we understand the complexities of hospital liability and nursing malpractice. If you have been harmed through the negligence or failure of a nurse or other hospital staff member, you may have a viable medical malpractice claim, and we may be able to help.
We are a group of experienced Florida malpractice lawyers with over 100 years of collective experience, and we have the necessary skills to protect your best interests throughout the course of your case. Connect with a member of our team as soon as possible in order to schedule your free, confidential case review.