Malpractice in Nursing
Nursing Malpractice Lawsuits in New Jersey
Negligence and malpractice in nursing occurs when a nurse deviates from the standard of care and the departure harms or injures a patient. Malpractice cases against nurses are rising at a rapid rate because their duties have expanded. Patients are also better informed about the level of care they should expect. Nurses work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, critical care units, operating rooms, and home care settings throughout New Jersey.
According to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), between 1998 and 2012, nursing malpractice lawsuits have soared, and this trend continues today. Fortunately, most nurses carry malpractice insurance to compensate patients when medical malpractice occurs. Sixty percent of nursing malpractice cases occur in hospitals and nearly one-fifth occur in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Nurses with advanced training as anesthetists, midwives, and nurse practitioners account for nine percent of nursing malpractice claims. Home healthcare providers and independent facilities account for two percent each, and nurses at psychiatric centers account for eight percent of claims.
Types of Malpractice in Nursing
- Failure to monitor occurs when a nurse does not properly document the patient’s condition and does not report changes to the treating physician. Charting errors and incomplete charts that affect subsequent treatment are also included.
- Improper use of medical equipment constitutes nursing malpractice if a nurse’s action, inaction, or improper action injured a patient.
- Medication errors and adverse drug events are a leading cause of nursing malpractice. This includes dosing errors, improper administration, treating the wrong patient, and failing to document reactions.
- Negligent supervision involves cases where a patient falls or is injured because the attending nurse did not provide assistance for walking, standing up, and other activities.
- Inadequate staffing and early discharge are also considered nursing malpractice. Nurses, physicians, and hospitals may be jointly liable for injuries in these situations.
Malpractice Cases Against Nurses
Medical malpractice laws in New Jersey allow patients to sue the nurses, doctors, and hospital or a combination of responsible parties for malpractice. At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, we have successfully recovered multi-million dollar nursing malpractice settlements, including a $2.75 million settlement against nurses, emergency room doctors, and the hospital for failing to diagnose nerve compression, and a $7.5 million settlement against nurses and doctors for failing to adequately treat a baby.
At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, we aggressively protect the rights of patients who have been harmed by nursing malpractice. Our legal team and expert witnesses demonstrate when the standard of care has not been met and are committed to ensuring that each patient is compensated to the fullest extent permitted under New Jersey law.
If you or a loved were harmed due to improper or inadequate care, contact the New Jersey nursing malpractice lawyers at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. We will reply as soon as possible to discuss your nursing malpractice case.