May 29, 2020

Can a Nurse Be Sued for Malpractice?

The healthcare industry leaves little room for mistakes. When a medical professional makes a mistake, patient’s lives could be in jeopardy. Nearly any medical professional can be sued for medical malpractice if the circumstances are right—and that includes nurses.

Continue reading to learn more about when a nurse can be sued for malpractice and the other healthcare workers who can be held accountable for medical negligence.

A Breach in the Standard of Care

For a nurse to be found liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit, you will need to be able to prove that this nurse failed to uphold the medical standard of care. This means they failed to provide you with the level of care that any other competent nurse of similar education and experience would have provided. 

For example, if your nurse provided you with the wrong dosage of a certain medication and you suffered a stroke, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim, as another nurse would not have made such a mistake.

Other Parties That Can Be Sued for Medical Malpractice in Kentucky

But, other medical professionals can also be sued for medical negligence in Kentucky. 

In addition to nurses being held accountable for their medical errors, physicians, surgeons, certified nursing assistants, anesthesiologists, physician’s assistants, obstetricians, pediatricians, gynecologists, and even the hospital can be named liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit if they failed to uphold the medical standard of care expected of them as members of the medical community.

Reach Out to a Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you have reason to believe your nurse made a serious medical error that warrants a lawsuit, contact a qualified Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, to discuss the details of your case. 

We can be reached through the convenient contact form provided to you below or by phone at 502-253-9110 when you are ready to schedule a complimentary consultation.