Yes, nurses and other hospital staff can be held liable for Medical Malpractice in Texas.
Medical Malpractice is not limited to doctors, but to any medical professional, including nurses, physician assistants, or CNAs that have acted negligently, resulting in the serious injury of a patient.
Nurses and doctors are generally employees of hospitals, thus hospitals can also be partially at fault through “vicarious liability,” meaning a party is held responsible not for its own negligence, but for the negligence of another who was acting on their behalf.
Nurses, like any other medical professional, can be held responsible in a medical malpractice case. You must prove that a nurse was negligent in their care and that negligence resulted in injury to the patient. Sometimes these injuries involve the progression/worsening of the patient’s condition as a result of the nurse’s negligence. For example, a nurse who administered the incorrect dosage of medication prescribed by a physician. In order to prove negligence, you must show that the nurse’s actions were below the “standard of care,” meaning other nurses with similar situations would not make the same mistake.
A hospital is responsible for its employees and staff including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, CNAs, physician assistants, etc. This means that a hospital must take the appropriate measures in reviewing their applicant’s education, training, and licensing. If the hospital fails to administer the appropriate background check for or fails to adequately train their medical staff, they could be deemed liable if a staff member’s negligence is the direct cause of a patient’s injuries or worsening of their condition.
A hospital can also be held liable for their own negligence if they fail to investigate the credentials of their attending physician before granting them privileges at the hospital. A hospital can also be liable if they hire an attending physician who they know is incompetent to treat patients.
Medical malpractice claims are not limited to physicians. If a medical professional, including a nurse or a medical staff at the hospital, has contributed to the worsening of a patient’s condition, then they can be deemed liable. If you or a family member have been injured by a nurse or hospital it is imperative you hire an experienced attorney quickly. Don’t let the hospitals get away with their negligence, contact us today and receive the compensation you deserve to get your life back on track.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious and life-altering injury because of the carelessness or negligence of a medical professional or hospital staff, you should seek the help of an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Medical malpractice claims are difficult cases because of Texas law (read more here). Because of this, you should contact an attorney that is experienced with injury law to assist you with your case.