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Many victims of medical negligence immediately think to blame the doctor or surgeon responsible for their treatment plan for the mistake. However, in reality, nurses spend much more time with patients than a treating physician—and are equally capable of making mistakes that amount to nursing malpractice. When a nurse’s care fails to meet the accepted professional standards for nurses, the patient has the right to financial compensation for any resulting harm.
At Team Law, our skilled nursing malpractice lawyers have been successfully fighting to protect the rights of nursing malpractice victims across New Jersey for over 60 years. We understand the importance of the nurse’s role in ensuring a patient’s successful recovery. Nurses who neglect their responsibilities should be held accountable.
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If you suspect you or a loved one have been the victim of nursing malpractice, call our medical malpractice lawyers today or fill out our convenient online contact form. In your free case evaluation, we will listen to what happened and provide our honest opinion about how to best proceed with your claim.
Nurses in New Jersey are subject to a detailed set of regulations and rules. Just like doctors, those rules govern how nurses should conduct themselves when treating patients under a wide variety of circumstances. For example, emergency room nurses are subject to a different set of rules than surgical nurses.
The standard of care may also vary depending upon the nurse’s training, which can result in the nurse’s classification as a:
In other words, the circumstances that the nurse is facing at the time, as well as the extent of the nurse’s training, govern the standard of care that the nurse should provide. Establishing that standard of care—and that the nurse violated the standard of care—is key to proving your right to financial compensation based on malpractice.
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Team Law’s client fell and dislocated her knee, causing an injury to the popliteal artery that ultimately resulted in the amputation of her leg. Suit was filed against the hospital to which she had been taken by ambulance, the emergency room doctor, a radiologist and an orthopedic surgeon. The orthopedic surgeon claimed he was inordinately delayed getting to the hospital because of traffic problems on the Garden State Parkway. Team Law was able to counter the surgeon’s testimony by obtaining records from the Garden State Parkway that showed no traffic problems and by obtaining the surgeon’s EZ Pass records. The claim against the emergency room doctor was that he should have asked for vascular consultation when he detected a weak pulse in the foot, not just an orthopedic consult. The claim against the radiologist was that his actions also delayed treatment. After a seven week trial, a verdict was entered in favor of Team Law’s client and against all four of those defendants.
At Team Law, our lawyers will also work tirelessly to establish:
Team Law is here to help you evaluate whether you have a valid nursing malpractice case based on these elements. We are also here to assist with the complex nursing malpractice laws that apply in New Jersey. For compassionate and experienced legal guidance, call Team Law today.
According to the Kaiser Foundation, nurses are able to perform between 80 and 90 percent of the duties of a primary care doctor in treating patients. For example, a highly trained nurse practitioner may be authorized to:
As the role of nurses has expanded, so has the potential impact of nursing negligence. When a nurse commits malpractice, the results can be just as harmful to the patient as in a case where the doctor was responsible. Examples of nursing mistakes that may amount to malpractice include:
In many cases, a nurse’s breach of the applicable standard of care can result in hospital-acquired infections or the worsening of an existing condition. A nurse’s medical negligence can turn a minor problem into a serious medical condition. Extensive, invasive treatment to correct the new problem may be required.
Our lawyers are here to evaluate every aspect of your claim and fight to get the compensation you deserve to hold a negligent nurse accountable.
If you have been victim to nursing malpractice in New Jersey, choosing the right malpractice lawyer to protect your rights can be key to successfully recover fair compensation. At Team Law, our battle-tested malpractice lawyers will investigate meticulously to determine what happened in your case.
To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, you can call our office or contact us online. We don’t recover attorneys’ fees unless we win compensation in your case, so speak to us today to learn about your legal rights.
In some circumstances, the supervising doctor may be held liable for nursing malpractice. This is generally the case if the doctor was present when the nurse committed malpractice and the doctor had the ability to prevent the nurse’s negligent treatment. Usually, the hospital or medical facility will be liable. This is because most nurses are someone else’s employee—whether the doctor or treatment facility. Under employment law theories, the employer is responsible for negligent acts of employees committed on the job.
Yes. In New Jersey, nursing malpractice lawsuits are treated as medical malpractice cases. This means that the affidavit of an expert witness will be necessary to even establish your right to proceed with the claim. That expert will testify to what a reasonable, trained, competent nurse would have done when faced with circumstances similar to yours.
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