Nurses are responsible for the care and safety of their patients. Unfortunately, in these types of situations, a patient may claim that neglect or abuse occurred at the hands of their caregiver, and this could swing the burden of proof that no wrongdoing actually happened on the part of the nurse. These types of accusations often occur at nursing homes where nurses are often isolated with patients. A patient suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s may actually believe something bad has happened to them when that is not the actual case.
Nurses need to carry nurses malpractice insurance, either through their employer or have their own personal policy to combat such allegations. This is helpful to defend against lawsuits in the event the family of a resident or a patient (in the case of a hospital) feels that they became the victim of abuse, or been taken advantage of financially or otherwise.
Accusations, even false ones, often bear weight
The stress of a hospital or nursing home establishment can have an adverse effect on a caregiver. As elderly citizens become more physically frail, they’re less able to stand up to bullying or fight back if attacked when such issues become prevalent. Such acts are viewed as criminally negligent at their worst, and if proven, can lead to costly judgments against the accused. Mental or physical ailments may make many patients of all ages more trying companions for those responsible for providing them with care. More than half a million reports of abuse are reported to authorities every year, while many more cases may go unreported.
Victims and their families often report physical abuse or the use of force against a patient that results in physical pain, injury, or impairment. Such abuse includes physical assaults, such as hitting or shoving, inappropriate use of, or dispensing of drugs, harmful use of restraints on patients, or confinement for unusually long lengths of time. Such behavior is intolerable and there is a need for more stringent observation of nurses providing assistance to patients deemed difficult to care for.
In the case of emotional or psychological abuse, nurses may be speaking to or treating a patient in ways that may cause emotional pain or distress. Verbal forms of emotional abuse include intimidation through yelling or threats, humiliation and ridicule, or even nonverbal psychological abuse, such as ignoring any requests or needs as expressed by the patient, isolating them from friends or activities, or terrorizing or menacing them. Such accusations, whether they’re warranted or not, will usually need a defense. Having nurses malpractice insurance can provide your client with the necessary defense that can threaten a career, and create a serious financial burden.