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Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

Stephanie Larkin /


An accident is an unforeseen circumstance that is not necessarily due to negligence on the part of the nurse. An accident might occur if a nurse’s action is done incorrectly with full knowledge of the correct way to perform the task. An accident could also occur if a patient who is allowed to be out of bed without supervision slips and falls. Although it is a legal risk, this scenario may not be as difficult to defend as negligence or malpractice. However, since the victim may be looking for someone to blame for their misfortune, the nurse may very well be tied up with legal issues in this particular situation.

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