Litigation packets help lawyers handle new twists in med-mal cases.Medical negligence is no longer limited to claims against physicians. Today, claims also arise from the acts of nurses, technicians, and other health care providers.
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When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. packet, "Nursing Errors in Hospitals," as well as other popular packets in the medical negligence series, offer members documents, analysis, and strategies to assess and litigate cases of medical negligence in a variety of settings.
The nurse's expanded role in patient care, continuous development of sophisticated medical technology, and heightened emphasis on nursing as a profession have thrust nurses into positions of increased accountability. Plaintiff lawyers confronting negligence in hospitals must consider whether nursing negligence contributed to the client's injuries. This litigation packet explores issues of hospital and physician liability for nursing negligence, nursing standards of care Standards of care are medical or psychological treatment guidelines, and can be general or specific. They specify appropriate treatment protocols based on scientific evidence, and collaboration between medical and/or psychological professionals involved in the treatment of a given , nurse depositions, causation, nurse practice acts, and litigation strategies and techniques.
The Exchange medical negligence series also addresses physician negligence in various settings. For example, "Proving Causation in Complex Birth Injury Cases: Shoulder Dystocia shoulder dystocia Obstetrics An obstetrical emergency that occurs when the anterior shoulder of the fetus becomes lodged behind the superior symphysis pubis, preventing further delivery; SD is not always preventable, and is usually not recognized until after the " explores obstetrical standard-of-care issues regarding diagnosis of shoulder dystocia and prevention of fetal trauma. Another packet, "Failure to Diagnose failure to diagnose,
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