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Nurse Injured by a Patient – Who Can Be Held Liable?

Injured by a Patient? Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

Like patients who sue for medical malpractice when injured due to their healthcare provider’s negligence, Nurses can sue when injured by a patient, but in their case, just who can be held liable? It may be wise to hire a personal injury lawyer to help you file a claim.

The Patient

Unlike other professions, Nurses suffer debilitating body injuries caused by patients. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, violent events are one of the causes of injuries to Registered Nurses in the United States. In their 2016 survey, they discovered that “the incidence rate—12.7 cases per 10,000 full-time workers—was approximately three times greater than the rate of violent events for all occupations”. These incidents are often unreported, but with a skilled personal injury lawyer at Robert J. Debry & Associates, you have a voice to pursue legal action and receive the justice you deserve.

The Hospital or Employer

Nurses can sue for damages beyond worker’s compensation. Supposing a patient in an ER unit assaults a Nurse, the Nurse can hold the hospital liable if the hospital breached their duty of care towards the Nurse, such as a lack of necessary protective measures and insufficient staff on the overcrowded unit, etc. Hence, if your employer was negligent in upholding their duty of care or has violated the “general duty clause,” a personal injury lawyer at Robert J. DeBry & Associates will help you receive the further compensation you deserve.

The Physician

Physicians aren’t immune to being held liable. Suppose a patient injures a Nurse in a psychiatric unit, for example. In that case, the wounded Nurse can hold the supervising Physician or Psychiatrist liable if the Physician acted negligently (e.g., by prescribing the wrong medication to the aggressive patient that led to the violent behavior). In this case, the Nurse can pursue a lawsuit against the individual Psychiatrist’s practice. 

Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer 

With a brilliant personal injury lawyer like the professionals at Robert J. DeBry & Associates representing you, you can hold a Physician liable for your injury.

For more information, visit our website today! 

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