Quote from nurse4sale
The treat of a lawsuit is real and it's out there in nursing, so buckle up and enjoy the ride. Like we don't have enough to worry about, right?
Yes, nurses can be sued. Nurses have been individually named in lawsuits, especially if the outcome was horrible or unexpectedly poor.
But as I've mentioned previously, the patient would need to be either dead or irreparably injured in order for a medical malpractice attorney to even see if there's money to be made. When I talk about irreparable injury, I'm thinking of a patient who falls out of a high bed at the hospital and suffers a permanent spinal cord injury. I'm thinking of the elderly patient who suffers from second degree burns over 90 percent of her body after being scalded by extremely hot water in the shower.
Malpractice suits are risky and costly for attorneys, so they typically do not take the case unless they know they have a case where a huge award looms. There must be a clear cause of action, preferably irreparable harm or death.