Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP
Serving Clients in West Virginia, Kentucky & Ohio
Call us now to begin a free consultation
Toll Free: 866-228-4692
Local: 304-553-0830
Home and Hospital Visits Available

Medical malpractice can be held against nurses too

When a nurse is sued for medical malpractice, it means that he or she is being sued for negligence. The failure to use normal, ordinary or reasonable care is the definition of negligence.

If a nurse is doing something that a prudent person would not do, or if he or she fails to do something that another person in his or her position would do, this is negligence and can lead to a lawsuit.

Going even further, what is the definition of ordinary and reasonable care? Reasonable and ordinary care is defined as doing what a careful person would do, using prudence, to avoid injury to themselves or others if they are in the same circumstance.

You don't have to be a health care worker to be sued for negligence, but you have to be a health care worker to be sued for medical malpractice.

Another word for medical malpractice and negligence is nursing malpractice. If a nurse fails to take reasonable care, he or she can be sued. If a party is injured while under his or her care, the nurse can be sued.

You may begin to see, at this point, that having a lawyer, at your side and on your team can be a huge help. He or she knows what experts to call in to help you prove negligence. You'll want an attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice case.

Physicians, surgeons, nurses and the health care facilities may all be named as defendants in medical malpractice cases. These cases are often complex and take a great deal of time. An attorney can provide answers about whether you have a viable case or not.

Source: Critical Care Nurse, "Understanding Negligence," Ruth C. Ashley, accessed June 24, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
How Can We Help You?

Contact Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, Today for a Free Consultation

To schedule an initial consultation with our attorneys, please call 304-553-0830 or toll free at 866-228-4692, or you can email the firm.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

1125 Virginia Street East
Charleston, WV 25301

Toll Free: 866-228-4692
Phone: 304-553-0830
Charleston Law Office Map

Map