When you visit a hospital or medical facility for injuries or illness, you trust you’ll be in good hands with the medical professionals.
If you’re hospitalized, you’ll likely interact with nurses the most. A doctor will visit once or twice a day, but your main point of contact will be the nursing staff.
While most nurses treat patients to the best of their abilities, some are negligent.
When a patient is the victim of medical negligence, they might hire a nursing malpractice lawyer.
Read on for nursing malpractice examples and why you should hire a medical malpractice attorney.
What Is Malpractice in Nursing?
The nursing malpractice definition basically means that a nurse doesn’t follow the appropriate standard of care, which results in injury to a patient.
So, medical malpractice may be present if the nurse didn’t provide appropriate care and these actions led to the victim’s condition worsening or death. All medical professionals must adhere to a standard level of care, not only doctors.
If professionals with similar experience and training had taken the same course of action, it might not be malpractice. However, if the nurse’s actions fell below the standard of care, they might be guilty of negligence.
Examples of Nursing Malpractice
The best way to understand nursing malpractice is to look at some nursing malpractice examples. Some of the most common examples of nursing malpractice include the following:
- Not giving medications timely, not giving medicines at all, or giving the wrong medication;
- Not using medical equipment responsibly;
- Not using the right fall procedures;
- Failing to complete required medical procedures;
- Not routinely monitoring the patient;
- Not updating a patient’s chart or updating it incorrectly;
- Failing to respond to a patient’s call for assistance;
- Failing to call a physician when needed;
- Not feeding a patient; and
- Not verifying all medical equipment is working properly.
Negligence in nursing is very similar to medical malpractice in some respects. Before collecting any compensation, you must show that the nurse was responsible for your injuries.
Establishing a Nursing Malpractice Claim in New Mexico
To establish a nurse is liable for your injuries, you must demonstrate four key factors:
- The nurse owed you some type of legal obligation as a patient,
- Evidence of how the nurse breached this legal obligation,
- The breach was responsible for your injuries, and
- You have documentation of damages you sustained due to the nurse’s negligence.
While establishing nursing negligence sounds simple, it’s often far more complicated. New Mexico is a pure comparative negligence state, which means you don’t have to prove the defendants were 100% negligent.
You can be partially at fault for your own injuries and still collect a portion of your compensation. That’s one of the many reasons you should consider hiring the New Mexico nursing malpractice lawyers at Poulos & Coates.
New Mexico Statute of Limitations
You have limited time to bring a lawsuit in New Mexico. In most instances, you only have three years from the date of malpractice to file a lawsuit.
However, some exceptions could reduce or extend the amount of filing time. Determining the proper statute of limitations is tricky. Don’t risk jeopardizing your potential compensation by trying to represent yourself in a nursing malpractice lawsuit.
Contact Our New Mexico Nursing Malpractice Lawyers
We specialize in medical malpractice cases and have the expertise to help you build a strong case against the defendants. Schedule an initial consultation to learn more about how we can assist you.