Common Reasons Registered Nurses Need Legal Help

January 28th, 2020
Common Reasons Registered Nurses Need Legal Help

Nursing can be one of the most rewarding professions in healthcare, but issues can arise that require a New Jersey RN attorney. We all want to assume that providing patient care and communication within healthcare settings runs efficiently and ethically. However, the truth is that there are several reasons that registered nurses might need legal advice from a trusted professional. Here are some of the most common reasons nurses seek legal help in the New Jersey area.

Disciplinary Actions

Nurses can face disciplinary actions, including suspension, for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they can also have their licensed revoked. Additionally, they can dispute disciplinary actions. Because of this, nurses will want an expert to help them understand their rights. Medication delivery errors, improper documentation of patient records, and HIPAA violations are all examples of patient complaints that can have devastating consequences for nurses. Because of this, finding an experienced attorney can help nurses get back on their feet if they are facing disciplinary actions from their employer.

Criminal Actions (DUI, Prescription Fraud, Theft, Assault)

Having a lawyer is important for nurses in case they need to take legal action against criminal activity. In 2016, an Occupational Safety and Health Administration study found that 21% of registered nurses and nursing students reported being physically assaulted at work. In addition, 50% reported verbal assault. On the other hand, if a nurse is charged with driving under the influence or another small-scale misdemeanor, the right lawyer can help protect their career. Often, criminal charges also can result in nurses having their licenses and credentials revoked. A lawyer experienced in healthcare systems can provide guidance and advice to those facing charges.

Contact A NJ RN Attorney

Bowne-Barry & Barry, Attorneys at Law, has experienced lawyers dedicated to the area of healthcare justice. As a result, our lawyers are passionate about helping nurses gain necessary legal rights and protections to better serve patients. If you need to speak with our lawyers, visit our website or give us a call today at 732-238-8686.