While most nurses want to do their jobs correctly and without mistakes, they still occur. Nurse errors can result in serious damages and injuries — sometimes fatal — to a patient. If a nurse is treating you in the hospital, you can help avoid being the victim of nurse errors by taking these steps recommended by a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer:
- Make sure the nurse treating you has washed his or her hands or is wearing gloves prior to touching you;
- Ask questions about your medication and be sure that you are being given the correct medication at the right dosage;
- Have a family member or close friend with you if possible to ask questions on your behalf and to act as your advocate if you become unable to do so; and
- Avoid going to the emergency room for a routine illness if possible because ER nurses are more prone to mistakes due to the high volume of patients.
By being proactive in your healthcare, you can help ensure the best medical outcome for yourself. However, even with the best intentions and safety precautions, nurse errors can take place. If you have been a victim, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer at Mellino Robenalt, LLC is here to help. Schedule a free consultation today and get on the road to collecting the compensation you deserve after a case of medical malpractice.