Compassionate Nursing Negligence Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights
A strong advocate for the injured in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville
Nurses are the hardest working individuals in the health care system. Their diligent, compassionate care saves lives and helps those who are dealing with injury and illness get through fearful and challenging times. Nurses are also incredibly overworked. They are tasked with providing care in stressful and chaotic environments. The long, strenuous hours that they work creates fatigue, which leads to mistakes. When those mistakes harm their patients, this becomes nursing malpractice.
At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we have helped countless clients in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville and beyond who were injured by the negligence of a nurse charged with their care. We will fight for your right to compensation for your injuries.
What are the elements of nursing negligence?
Both nurses and doctors have strict standards and rules that govern the important work they do each day to safeguard the health and wellness of their patients. These standards of care apply to all aspects of the profession and they are adhered to with the knowledge that any departure from those standards could put their patient's lives in danger.
There are four essential elements to nursing negligence or malpractice:
- Breach of duty
All four of these elements must be in place in order for negligence to have occurred. Duty is already established if the nurse was an employee or contractor at the hospital and assigned to the work they were doing. Breach of that duty includes failure to follow the standard nursing guidelines, policies and procedures. Causation describes the act that caused the injury or harm, and what the nurse did as a consequence of the initial error that was not part of the accepted standard of care. The injury or harm must have been directly caused by the negligent action (or failure to act) on the part of the nurse.
Commonly reported nursing errors
There are countless examples of nurses making medical mistakes that cause harm to patients, from giving the wrong medication to failure to carry out the doctor’s orders. Other incidents of nursing negligence might include:
- Documentation errors
- Medication errors
- Mistaken patient identity
- Failure to follow physician's orders
- Providing care without proper training
- Failure to monitor a patient
- Improper use of medical equipment
- Safety issues
- Incompetence with regard to medical procedures
When your life has been upended by an injury caused by a nurse’s medical mistake, you deserve justice for your injuries and losses. The legal team at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm has experience dealing with nursing malpractice cases. We fight on behalf of our clients, and we do not back down until we know justice is served.
Winning compensation on behalf of the injured in East Tennessee
At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm we fight to get justice for our clients who have been injured. You can give us a call today to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable nursing negligence attorney to discuss your case. Our priority is to win compensation for your injuries suffered in a health care setting. To schedule your free initial consultation, please call 615-425-2500 or fill out our contact form. We proudly represent clients throughout Nashville, Hendersonville, Knoxville and all of East Tennessee.