January 23, 2020
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Can a Nurse Be Sued for Malpractice in Florida?
Nurses are just like doctors in that they’re professionals trained and hired to care for patients who are sick or in need of specific medical care. When you go to the doctor or hospital to get treatment, you’ll likely interact with a nurse before seeing a physician. Nurses have enough expertise and control over your health to cause significant harm if they’re negligent when doing their job.
Nursing malpractice in Florida works similarly to medical malpractice. If you believe a nurse’s negligence caused you harm or injury, you can sue the nurse or the medical organization where they work and obtain a settlement. A West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer from The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo can guide you through the legal process.
Elements of Medical and Nursing Malpractice in Florida
Proving medical or nursing malpractice in Florida requires four concrete elements. You must prove that the nurse or doctor you’re suing had a duty to provide you with reasonable care. For example, you can’t sue a doctor or nurse who wasn’t treating you or attending to you. You must also prove that the nurse or doctor breached their duty of care by acting in a way that a nurse or doctor typically wouldn’t.
You then must prove you suffered an injury or damages and that the nurse or doctor’s breach in duty of care caused this injury or damage. If a nurse, for instance, doesn’t properly bandage your wound, but you get injured by slipping on a wet floor, you can’t claim that the nurse’s breach in duty of care caused the injury from your fall.
Proving Causation for Your Injury
Proving causation for your injury can be difficult, because you must show that your injury directly resulted from the nurse’s negligence and would not have otherwise occurred. Your attorney can help you gather evidence to support your argument in court.
Reach Out to a West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Attorney
Whether a nurse, a doctor, or another medical professional caused you harm, you can fight for compensation through a lawsuit. To discuss your case with a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer from The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, call 561-659-6366 or fill out the contact form below to schedule a free consultation.