Discover the Top 9 Nursing Malpractice Cases in Pennsylvania

By Ben Gobel on January 23, 2024

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Nursing malpractice happens when a nurse fails to meet the standards we expect from a competent nurse or medical professional. That can lead to patient injury or death. 

Nursing malpractice can lead to a nursing malpractice claim, which the attorneys at Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, P.C. can help with. Medical malpractice claims can be complex, but our team makes them easier. 

If you are unsure where to start, here are the nine most common examples of nursing malpractice to watch for.

Nursing Malpractice and its Impact on Patients

Nursing malpractice cases happen when a nurse’s negligence causes serious issues. Negligence includes medication errors, lack of informed consent, and more. Nursing malpractice claims can identify breaches of nursing care standards and show how patient safety is endangered. 

Unfortunately, nursing malpractice can be deadly. A breach of duty can lead to a patient suffering further injury, illness, or death.

Substandard care

Examples of nursing negligence include cases where a nurse fails to take care of a patient’s well-being. The nurse-patient relationship requires that the nursing professional or nurse practitioner perform duties like checking vital signs and administering medication. 

The nurse fails to monitor the patient’s condition

When a nurse does not keep a close eye on a patient’s vital signs, something can go wrong. Medical equipment could fail, the patient’s status may change, or routine procedures that could prevent a medical emergency may be missed. This can lead to a delay in responding to a patient having a traumatic medical emergency.

Medication errors 

A major nursing duty is administering medication. If the nursing staff fails to administer medication with reasonable care, it can lead to serious issues. 

These issues include administering the wrong dose or failure to give the patient the correct medication. Receiving the wrong medication or the wrong medication dose can worsen the patient’s condition or lead to death. 

Improper documentation and record-keeping

Nursing malpractice can be caused by medical records. For example, if a licensed nurse makes a mistake about a patient’s injury in the paperwork, it can lead the healthcare facility to administer the wrong medical care. That can have serious consequences, especially if important information is left off a patient’s chart. 

Inadequate infection control 

Because nurses see many patients in different circumstances, it is vital they take care to prevent the spread of infections. Adverse events like infection outbreaks can have dire consequences for patients, especially those with autoimmune diseases or compromised immune systems. 

Failure to communicate 

If a nurse knowingly fails to communicate with patients and their families, it can lead to serious harm and they can be held accountable for their actions. When a nurse administers care, the patient and family should be aware of the patient’s condition. 

When nurses fail to warn the family, the nurse’s breach of duty can lead to severe distress and other problems for the patient’s family.

Deviating from established standards of care

Nurses are expected to follow certain standards of care to keep both patients and healthcare professionals safe. 

If you suffered injuries because a nurse failed to uphold this duty, such as giving reasonable notice about care changes or failing to administer medication promptly, the nurse or hospital may be held liable for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Lack of informed consent and patient advocacy

Patients are afforded informed consent, meaning that patients have a right to know about the treatment they are receiving. For example, if you have options for treatment, informed consent ensures that you should know about all of them. If a nurse fails to keep you informed and advocate for you as a patient, you may have grounds for a legal claim.

Mistakes in charting the patient’s status 

When maintaining records of a patient’s progress and status, keeping accurate, clear records is vital to their progress, including post-surgery care and medication. Mistakes in any of the details can lead to mistakes in care. For example, if the abbreviation QD (used for once-daily routine care) is mislabeled, it can lead to under-medication or over-medication of the patient. 

Real-life examples of nursing malpractice claims

Here are some examples of our past cases and what you can expect from our legal team:

  • $7.2 million for a failure to treat gastric bleeding
  • $6.1 million for misdiagnosis of a heart attack 
  • $1 million for failure to perform a C-section on time
  • $1 million for failure to monitor, resulting in an amputation 
  • $800,000 for failure to monitor, resulting in the patient’s death

Steps to take if one suspects nursing malpractice

You may need help navigating the legal process while trying to recover compensation for nursing negligence. Because of this, when you suspect nursing malpractice you should contact an attorney. 

Your attorney will guide you through your claim, and they can help you prove malpractice and represent you in court.

Nursing Malpractice FAQ 

What is the most common source of malpractice for nurses?

Our team receives many questions about the most common sources of malpractice for nurses. Malpractice among nurses typically occurs because a nurse is not following the standards of care, which can be grounds for a lawsuit.

What is an example of nursing malpractice?

You may be staying at a hospital because you had a medical emergency and need monitoring. However, the nurse may fail to monitor your condition and miss a recurrence of that issue. Without proper monitoring, your condition may worsen and can even have deadly results.

What is the most common malpractice issue?

Two of the most common medical malpractice issues are failure to diagnose and issues with medication. Both of these mistakes can become deadly, so talk to your lawyer if you suspect a nurse has failed to give you the proper care you need.

Seek legal help for medical malpractice with Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, P.C.

Learn more about how a medical malpractice lawyer can help with your case, or how Ogg, Murphy & Perkosky, P.C. can help with a nursing negligence cases. reach out to our team which has a track record of success and is ready to help you with your claim and guide you to the answers you need. 

When you are ready for a free consultation, reach out to our team by calling or filling out our online contact form.