Nursing Malpractice: Holding Hospitals Liable for Minnesota Medical Malpractice

When Nurses Make Mistakes, it is Nursing Medical Malpractice and Can Seriously Injure or Kill Patients


It is commonly said that nurses are the frontline of healthcare.  This is because nurses are usually the first healthcare provider to treat a patient in a hospital, and usually the last person to usher them out the door.  Nurses also respond to the orders of physicians, such as the medication administered or the procedures to be rendered.  Nurses also provide the first line of defense when there is a code, or medical emergency, before a physician comes.


However, due to the intensive interactions with nurses, there is the prospect for many mistakes.  Indeed, nursing malpractice is a serious issue for any hospital or doctor’s office.  Many hospitals and doctors heavily rely on nurses, and where they are mistakes, the mistakes are usually serious, result in permanent injury, and can even kill a patient.  Injured due to the medical malpractice of a nurse in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth, or anywhere else in Minnesota?  Keep reading to learn your rights below.


Causes of Nursing Malpractice in Minnesota


There are several causes of nursing malpractice which can result in serious Minnesota medical malpractice.  This includes some of the following mistakes:


  • Communication mistakes between providers;
  • Administering the wrong medication to a patient;
  • Giving patients the wrong treatment ordered by a physician;
  • Failing to check on a patient;
  • Failure to accurately document treatment and procedures;
  • Improperly performing a procedure;
  • Not applying pressure sore protocol; and
  • Many other care mistakes.


Holding Hospitals Liable for Nursing Malpractice


As you may notice, the majority of the acts which constitute nursing malpractice are likely to occur at a hospital.  This is where a person is most likely to encounter a nurse, particularly multiple nurses.  When a nurse commits medical malpractice in Minnesota, the nurse is liable but the hospital is also liable for the nurse’s mistake.


This is because the hospital is liable under respondeat superior, a theory of vicarious liability which renders an employer liable for the negligence of an employee when the employee is within the scope of employment.  This is important because it allows a victim of nursing malpractice to also have a cause of action against the hospital.  This means a victim will liable be able to recover compensation against either the nurse or hospital, and sometimes both.


Nursing Malpractice in Minnesota: Holding St. Paul and Minneapolis Hospitals Liable for Medical Malpractice


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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