Can I Sue a Nurse for Hurting My Child?
Stephanie E. Grana—October 17, 2017
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In the same way that doctors can be liable in instances of medical malpractice, nurses can also be held accountable if they cause avoidable harm to patients, including children. However, just because your child has been hurt in an incident involving a nurse doesn’t necessarily amount to nursing malpractice. Before determining that your child is a victim of a nurse’s negligence, take a few moments to better understand what constitutes nursing malpractice and what can be done about it.
What Is Nursing Malpractice?
Nursing malpractice is a form of medical malpractice that occurs when the nurse is personally responsible for injury to a patient, generally by failing to follow protocol or adhering to important safety procedures. This can mean that a nurse did not act in a way that any other normal nurse would in the same situation, or failed to perform necessary nursing duties. It can also mean they fail to act when the situation demands it and, in doing so, harm the patient by inaction. Improper use of equipment and incorrect doses of medication can do great harm as well, creating serious (and almost entirely avoidable) harm to patients.
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Is the Nurse the Only Person Responsible?
Nursing malpractice may be the primary reason for your child’s injury or complications. However, because nurses typically act at the instruction of an attending doctor, their overseeing physician may be liable in your case as well, especially if they failed to monitor the nurse’s activities or instructed the nurse to do something that resulted in harm to your child. The hospital where your child was injured or harmed may also be liable in your case, as nurses are typically employed by the hospital.
What Can I Do if My Child Was Hurt by a Nurse?
In the event your child is injured or harmed at the hands of a nurse, call Breit Cantor Grana Buckner and speak to a medical malpractice attorney in Richmond right away. If the nurse in question acted negligently and their negligence resulted in your child’s injury or illness, you may be able to hold the nurse, doctor, and/or hospital responsible, which will take highly skilled legal representation. Our firm has successfully litigated many medical malpractice cases, including those involving nurses, and we are prepared to apply our knowledge and experience to your case.
For more than 28 years, Stephanie Grana has fought for individuals and families in Virginia suffering from catastrophic injury and wrongful death as a top Richmond personal injury lawyer. She has recovered more than 50 verdicts and settlements of over $1 million.