Nurses as well as other health care providers in Louisiana are subject to the same standard of care as physicians in Louisiana — a nurse is required to exercise the degree of skill ordinarily employed, under similar circumstances, by the members of the nursing or health care profession in good standing in the same community or locality, and to use reasonable care and diligence, along with his or her best judgment, in the application of his or her skill to the case.
The Requirements To Prove Nursing Medical Malpractice In Louisiana
Louisiana requires medical malpractice plaintiffs to satisfy the following three requirements in order to prove nursing medical malpractice: (1) the nurse must exercise the degree of skill ordinarily employed, under similar circumstances, by the members of the nursing or health care profession in good standing in the same community or locality; (2) the nurse either lacked this degree of knowledge or skill or failed to use reasonable care and diligence, along with the nurse’s best judgment in the application of that skill; and, (3) as a proximate result of this lack of knowledge or skill or the failure to exercise this degree of care, the plaintiff suffered injuries that would not, otherwise, have occurred.
The Proof Necessary In Wrongful Death Claims In Louisiana
In a medical malpractice case claiming wrongful death, the plaintiff must prove that there would have been a chance of survival and that the patient was denied this chance of survival because of the defendant’s negligence.
A Real-Life Louisiana Nursing Medical Malpractice Case
In a case involving nursing medical malpractice in Louisiana, the Louisiana appellate court upheld a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs for the medical malpractice committed by nurses when they disconnected the doctor-ordered heart monitor of a severely disabled child that resulted in the child’s death.
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