Our Attorneys Defend Clients Against California Nursing Negligence Claims
Advocates for medical providers who give Los Angeles-area patients hands-on care
Nurses are on the frontlines of patient care. Whether in a hospital, doctor’s office or home setting, nurses are typically responsible for performing duties that put them in direct contact with patients throughout their treatment. Although this level of interaction plays a vital role in successful medical care, the hands-on nature of nursing also makes these professionals a target of unsatisfied patients.
Just as you have passionately protected your patients’ health, the lawyers of Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay protect your legal rights. Our legal team fights allegations of negligence in the civil courts and defends your license at California nursing board proceedings in front of the Board of Registered Nurses or the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians. Davis Grass puts 150 years of combined experience and sheer determination in your corner.
Nurse’s duty of care
Your specific duties and obligations depend on your practice location — such as in a hospital, nursing home, lab, doctor’s office or homecare setting — and your type of nursing license. Each of the following may have different responsibilities and, therefore, different conditions of liability:
- Registered nurse (RN)
- Clinical nurse specialist (CNS)
- Nurse anesthetist
- Nurse practitioner (NP)
- Psychiatric or mental health nurse
- Vocational nurse (VN)
- Psychiatric technician (PT)
Your license determines your specific duty of care to your patient — the first element in a medical malpractice claim.
Additionally, a patient may have been injured as a result of a medical mistake for which you are not liable. For example, a doctor may have ordered too high a dosage of medication that you distributed to the patient as ordered, or the hospital may have ordered faulty medical supplies that injured the patient despite the fact that you used them properly.
Breach of a nurse’s duty
A plaintiff must prove that you breached the duty of care. Breach is based on an accepted standard of care in your field. To be considered a breach, your actions would have to deviate from good and accepted nursing practice. Just because a patient suffered harm does not mean it was your fault or anybody else’s, even if the patient’s health unexpectedly worsened while under your care.
In an effective malpractice defense, our lawyers may present proof that the patient contributed to the injuries. A nurse who committed an error may not be held liable if the patient was more than 50 percent responsible. According to comparative negligence laws, a damages award is reduced by the amount a patient is to blame if the patient is found partially at fault.
Learn more about protecting your license and your career from experienced medical negligence liability attorneys
If you face nursing malpractice allegations, consult with Davis, Grass, Goldstein & Finlay — call 909.476.2662 or contact us online today. We defend clients throughout Southern California — including in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Our law firm is conveniently located near the intersection of I-10 and I-15 and the Ontario International Airport.