Nurses are trained medical practitioners too, and perform a number of tasks on a daily basis to aid in the diagnosis of patients. Nurses can work in a GP setting, in a hospital or within the community to help patients get back to their former selves after an injury or illness. They also perform medical diagnostic tests such as blood tests, blood pressure tests and vaccinations along with many other procedures. They have a duty of care to every patient to ensure that they perform these procedures to the best of their ability and maintain their equipment to ensure that it does not cause injury to anyone in their care. They also have a responsibility to refer patients to a GP where they are unable to diagnose or give a patient the help they require. Although some nurses may be able to prescribe medication, others are only allowed to recommend a treatment and must refer a patient to a doctor who can diagnose and prescribe treatment. A negligent nurse is a rare occurrence but there may be potential for an accident or injury while in a nurse’s care.
How can I spot a negligent nurse?
You may have been injured during a blood test or contracted an infection from an unsanitary needle used by a nurse who has been negligent. A negligent nurse could have made your condition worse by failing to refer you to a GP or failing to perform the appropriate tests. However, there may be other reasons for negligence depending on the type of nurse who cares for you or a family member. A midwife may have caused you or your baby an injury during childbirth or you may be unhappy with the standard of care provided by a residential nurse. Where there is evidence that negligence has taken place and you or someone close to you has been hurt, suffered an illness or has been injured, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
How to begin your claim with our solicitors
Giving Accident Advice Helpline a call can help you make an informed decision on whether to pursue compensation from a potentially negligent nurse. If there is evidence of negligence and an injury or illness was sustained in the past three years, you have the right to claim compensation from the party at fault. Our helpline is free on 0800 689 0500 and we operate under a no win, no fee policy so you won’t have any financial responsibility by giving us a call.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown