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Definition of Nursing Malpractice

Nursing malpractice is negligent or intentional actions by a nurse which causes injury or loss to a patient. To rise to the level of malpractice a claimant must prove the nursing professional failed to act with a standard level of care and prudence similar to another nurse under similar conditions and this failure caused injury or loss to the patient.

Nursing malpractice is just one type of medical malpractice claims. Other types include prescription errors, birthing injuries, doctor's errors, fail to diagnosis and surgical errors. Compensation for nursing malpractice can be recovered by filing a medical malpractice case. All medical malpractice cases must be filed within a specified time frame called the statute of limitations or the plaintiff (injured party) loses their right to compensation.

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