New Jersey Nursing Malpractice Lawyer
Nurse Malpractice & Negligence
One of the most important facets of healthcare is nursing. In a hospital setting, at an outpatient surgical center, in nursing homes, or at home, nursing care is integral to the health and well being of a patient. The level and expertise applied in nursing care may make all the difference between a complete or partial recovery, in how long a patient’s recovery may take, and in whether the patient will suffer from any complications of their condition or treatment.
Just as with physician’s and hospital’s standards, there are “rules” which govern nursing care. These rules of care are known as the standards of nursing care, and they extend through all facets of nursing practice (surgical, psychiatric, Obstetric nursing, LPN care, Nurse Anesthetist care, emergency room nursing, etc.) These standards of care are accepted within the nursing community as what would be considered reasonable nursing care and treatment. Departing from those standards would not be reasonable, could jeopardize a patient’s health or life, and, would be considered nursing negligence or malpractice. If a nurse commits medical malpractice which results in a permanent injury, monetary damages may be sought to compensate the injured patients and their families for their losses.
It should be kept in mind, that in New Jersey, there are hospitals and other healthcare facilities which are affiliated with the State of New Jersey and/or other municipal entities. Many nurses who work at or out of these facilities are therefore also state affiliated healthcare workers. There are strict time limitations within which notice of intention to bring a lawsuit against such nurses must be filed. For more information, click here: Statutes of Limitations.
CONTACT BLUME FORTE AT 973-845-4421
Blume Forte’s New Jersey personal injury attorneys and medical staff have the experience and knowledge to determine if your treating nurses departed from the standards of nursing care, and if such malpractice resulted in an injury for which you may recover damages. Call us at 973-845-4421 for an evaluation at no cost to you.
Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Nursing Malpractice
The attorneys at Blume Forte get a contingency fee. The fee will be a fixed percentage of whatever is awarded to you at the end of the trial. This means we only get paid if we win your case. Our firm also offers a free initial case review to discuss the details of your claim. During the case review, your lawyer will further discuss any other fees and costs associated with hiring a lawyer.
In a nursing malpractice case, we have to prove that the nurse acted negligently. The first thing we do is review your medical records for any signs that something unusual or out of the ordinary occurred. Then we bring in experts to share their opinions on whether a nurse’s behavior departed from that all-important standard of care. Hiring a nursing malpractice attorney with the skills to overcome the obstacles that can arise in a claim against hospitals’ and health systems’ large and influential legal departments is crucial to getting the justice and compensation you deserve.
To find out the worth of your nursing malpractice case you have to look at all your damages. Those damages include:
– loss of wages
– medical expenses
– lost earning capacity
– pain and suffering
– emotional distress
Punitive damages can also be awarded if the nurse was aware of the risks and still acted negligently. Speak with an experienced nursing malpractice lawyer to get a better understanding of what your case may be worth. They will be able to give you an estimate based on your damages.