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Nurse practitioners are responsible for treating patients and providing the best possible care. Whether checking vitals, monitoring daily medication, or administering other medical care, a nurse practitioner can have plenty of contact with a patient. Unfortunately, when a nurse practitioner fails to follow the standards of care, serious and potentially life-changing injuries can occur. The extent of the injuries can vary; regardless, you are likely entitled to financial compensation if this occurs. At Janet, Janet & Suggs, we have a team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers that can help you pursue the damages you're entitled to.
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What to Know About Nurse Practitioner Malpractice Cases
Many people think of doctors committing errors when it comes to medical malpractice, but any medical professional can be responsible. This includes nurse practitioners, especially because they often have a significant amount of contact with patients. Negligence can occur whenever licensed nurse practitioners deviate from the medical standard of care.
What Do Nurse Practitioners Do?
Also referred to as NPs or APRNs, nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have undergone additional training to diagnose and treat conditions. NPs are legally allowed to do almost everything doctors can, though state nursing boards regulate NPs while state medical boards regulate doctors. Nurse practitioners give specialty healthcare services to patients by assessing medical histories, performing physical evaluations, and ordering diagnostic tests.
In some states, NPs have full practice authority, meaning they can diagnose and treat conditions without doctor oversight. Other states require physicians to oversee NPs during treatment, which is called reduced practice authority. All nurse practitioners, regardless of full practice or reduced practice authority, can prescribe medication.
Since nurse practitioners can have full authority over patients' treatments, they are often required to carry malpractice insurance, just like a doctor. When you work with JJS, we will likely file a claim with the NP's malpractice insurance provider to help you get the compensation you deserve.
What Actions Constitute Malpractice?
Failure to diagnose is the most frequent malpractice allegation against nurse practitioners. Other common types of malpractice include:
- Failure to monitor the patient
- Failure to follow hospital protocol
- Failure to use equipment in a responsible manner
- Failure to send to the emergency department
- Medication errors
- Improper communication with the physician
- Patient chart errors
- Negligent reading of doctor notes or orders
Any of these errors can result in severe injury and even death. If you feel you sustained an injury as a result of nurse practitioner malpractice for any of these reasons, you should contact us right away to begin building your claim.
How a Nurse Practitioner Lawyer Can Help With Your Case
If you believe you've been injured by a nurse practitioner's negligence, you have the right to file a malpractice claim. Managing a claim can be difficult on your own, especially if you're dealing with a severe injury. Partnering with knowledgeable and respected nurse practitioner malpractice lawyers can ease your mind and give you the additional support on how to handle any legal proceedings.
How Much Compensation Can You Receive?
As a victim of nurse practitioner malpractice, you've already encountered expenses and medical bills, which accounts for part of the medical expenses due. This monetary amount can also include potential treatment you will need in the future.
Not all medical negligence damages are easily translated into a monetary value. You might be entitled to compensation for less concrete harms and losses, such as pain and suffering. By hiring a medical malpractice lawyer, you gain assistance in determining the proper amount of compensation you are entitled to so you can get your life back on track. Our nurse practitioner malpractice lawyers have handled numerous cases that result in compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Loss of companionship
Locations We Serve
Our skilled nurse practitioner malpractice lawyers handle cases throughout the entire country, so you can find a medical malpractice attorney near you. Our experienced attorneys are licensed to practice in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. JJS attorneys frequently practice in other states, with court approval.
Meet the Leaders of JJS's Medical Malpractice Division
Howard Janet is one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ medical malpractice attorneys and has uncovered medical mistakes other lawyers have missed, recovering record-breaking results throughout much of the country. He is the author of multiple books, including Navigating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases (lead author) and Patients’ Rights and Doctors’ Wrongs – Secrets to a Safer Pregnancy and Childbirth (with Dr. Giles Manley).
Ken Suggs, a navy veteran, has long been considered one of the nation’s premier medical negligence trial lawyers, and served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as American Association for Justice), the leading national plaintiff’s bar association. He is a relentless advocate for his clients.
Dr. Giles Manley, a board-certified physician, practiced medicine for 20 years before becoming a medical malpractice attorney. The value his medical knowledge and experience brings to his clients cases is priceless.
Why Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs For Your Nurse Practitioner Malpractice Case
At JJS, our team consistently takes on tough cases involving some of the country's largest and most prestigious organizations. Our firm has been maximizing compensation for clients in need for over 40 years in medical malpractice and other serious cases. We have worked with clients across the country, and have won more than $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients in a variety of cases. Our in-house medical experts have years of experience working on high-profile cases, giving us an advantage over our competitors.
JJS lawyers have authored numerous articles, have been the lead or sole author of multiple books about medical malpractice. Our lawyers are frequently called upon by trial lawyer associations to educate other lawyers about how to most effectively represent patients in medical malpractice cases. Books include Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases and Navigating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, both published by Thomson Reuters, as well as Patient’s Rights and Doctor’s Wrongs: Secrets to a Safer Pregnancy and Childbirth.
If you or a loved one has suffered from nurse practitioner malpractice, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can learn more about how we will hold the correct party responsible and seek the damages you deserve.