Minneapolis Nursing Negligence and Birth Injury Lawyers
Doctors are ultimately responsible for most birth injuries which resulted from medical negligence. Many physicians try to blame their assistants, such as nurses, patient care technicians, and physician assistants, for these incidents. However, if a medical decision causes neonatal injury, the doctor is responsible. That being said, personal responsibility is also important in the law. Nurses cannot avoid responsibility for their own errors by claiming they were just following orders. That’s especially true if their mistakes cause injury. More on these common nursing medical mistakes below.
In contrast, the dedicated Minneapolis nursing negligence and birth injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman always live up to their responsibilities to their clients. These responsibilities include hard work, zealous advocacy, and open communication. Our professional team’s work includes a thorough case review, evidence collection, and general knowledge of the changing law in this area. Zealous advocacy means servicing as a strong voice for your legal, financial, and other rights, in court and around the negotiating table. Open communication means proactively communicating with you, so you are never in the dark.
Examples of Nursing Negligence
Nurses, like other healthcare providers, are well aware of their professional obligations. Unfortunately, many nurses choose to take dangerous shortcuts. They justify these shortcuts with a distorted view of patient care. Then, they hope they don’t get caught or hope no one gets hurt. Some common shortcuts include:
- Failure to Advocate for Patients: Frequently, doctors and nurses are at odds. That’s especially true if the doctor is more interested in making money than in taking care of the patient. Nurses have a legal duty to stand up to doctors and stand up for patients in these situations.
- Failure to Document: Medical records are perhaps the most important part of a patient care profile. When nurses arrive at new hospitals, the facility usually spends considerable time teaching them the recording system. It’s up to individual nurses to use the tools they’re given.
- Failure to Follow Standard of Care: The standard of care usually includes things like number of patient contacts per hour, minimum duties at each contact, and communication responsibilities with doctors and patients. Failure to follow the standard of care is clear evidence of negligence.
Other issues include failure to responsibly use available equipment or medications, failure to communicate, failure to monitor, and failure to assess.
If a nurse was negligent, and that negligence caused injury, a Minneapolis nursing negligence and birth injury lawyer may be able to obtain substantial compensation.
We covered general principles of negligence above. Additionally, negligence per se, or a violation of a statute, sometimes applies in these situations. Minnesota laws dictate certain actions and responses in certain situations. If nurses, or anyone else, fail to live up to these legal obligations, they could be responsible for damages as a matter of law.
Evidence is usually critical to both negligence and causation. Evidence, usually expert testimony, establishes the standard of care in a certain context. Evidence also connects the nurse’s negligence with the baby’s or mother’s injury.
The above-mentioned damages usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. The insurance company that insured the nurse, or the hospital or other facility that employed the nurse, is usually financially responsible for these damages.
Connect with a Dedicated Hennepin County Lawyer
Injury victims are usually entitled to significant compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced nursing negligence and birth injury lawyer in Minneapolis, contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman LLC by going online or calling 410-567-0800. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available.