When it comes to medical malpractice, most people think of errors made by doctors or surgeons. However, nurses play a critical role in the treatment of patients. A mistake or negligence on their part can do just as much damage as an error made by a doctor.
At Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, our attorneys help victims of nursing malpractice seek full compensation. We represent people in the Columbus area and throughout Ohio.
Understaffed, Overworked Or Low Pay? That Doesn't Excuse What Happened.
We understand that nurses are under a lot of pressure. Hospitals and medical facilities may try to eliminate or reduce costs by leaving positions open, or by employing nursing technicians or nurse's aides rather than fully certified and licensed nursing professionals.
Nurses are expected to be advocates for their patients. In many cases, these professionals neglect, ignore or simply miss signs and symptoms that should have been a warning that a catastrophic event was coming. Common mistakes include:
- Failure to take accurate or complete history at intake or triage
- Failure to adequately observe and pay attention to patient monitors
- Failure to take vital signs
- Failure to monitor vital signs on an ongoing basis
- Failure to protect those who are at risk of falling
- Failure to communicate important information from one discipline to another
- Medication errors
- Failure to check for medication allergies
- Improper administration of medication
- Failure to recognize an adverse reaction to medication
Our Firm's Medical Knowledge
One of our attorneys, Kathy Dougherty, has an extensive medical background. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and an associate degree in respiratory therapy. Her 15 years of medical experience includes serving as a respiratory therapist, neonatal nurse, neonatal transport clinician and neonatal nurse practitioner in both Level II and Level III hospitals.
This education and the firm's experience allow us to clearly understand all of the issues associated with a potential case, to ask questions that others may leave unanswered, and to evaluate the actions taken (or not taken) and their impact on the ultimate outcome for the patient.
Our attorneys have successfully handled numerous medical malpractice and negligence cases, and are dedicated to pursuing financial justice for those who have been wronged. We have an in-depth understanding of the legal obligations hospitals must meet. We have expert witnesses in a wide range of medical fields at our disposal.
If you have suffered due to nursing negligence, or have lost a loved one to wrongful death while they were under the care of a nurse, we are here to stand up for your rights.