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Hospital and Nursing Malpractice

Hospital malpractice includes medical negligence that occurs in a hospital setting. It may entail errors by hospital employees such as nurses, technicians and other hospital staff. Some common situations that may involve hospital malpractice include:
  • Medication Errors
  • Failure to properly maintain and calibrate equipment
  • Improper use of anesthesia
  • Failure of nurses and other staff to properly monitor and report symptoms
  • Failure to stabilize a patient
  • Improper use of a medical device
  • Failure to follow hospital protocols and procedures
  • Unqualified staff or under-staffing
  • Birth injury or birth trauma due to physician, nursing or hospital negligence
  • Surgical procedures that are not necessary, or that are done without patient consent
  • Incorrect treatment of a diagnosed illness
  • Failure to order proper tests
  • Failure to consult with a specialist

Nursing Malpractice

As the person with the greatest exposure to the patients, it is often the responsibility of the nurse to make critical assessments of patient status and effectively communicate this to the appropriate physician. When there is a breakdown in communication, patients can suffer the consequences.

All nurses owe duties to the patients they serve. A nurse must observe proper protocols and procedures and act as an advocate for patients. According to the American Nurses Association, a nurse “promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.” Additionally, a nurse is accountable for his or her individual nursing practice and will determine the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimum patient care. When there is a breach of these duties, nursing errors can be particularly devastating to patients and their families. We have the skills and experience necessary to obtain fair compensation for victims of hospital and nursing negligence in Utah. We have helped many others in these situations and can help you too.

The law places time limit on when a claim for hospital or nursing malpractice must be brought. If you or a loved-one may have been the victim of malpractice, contact a hospital malpractice attorney today at The Faerber Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation.