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Why Do Nurses Become Legal Nurse Consultants?

Category: Legal Nurse    Posted: July 15, 2022    Author: Georgina Bell

Legal nurse consulting is one of the newest yet fastest-growing nursing specialties. In the 1980s, nurse expert witnesses were increasingly called into the courtroom as medical malpractice litigation rose throughout the United States. Attorneys discovered that these nurses were incredibly helpful when reviewing voluminous am...

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When To Check The RT Notes

Category: Legal Nurse    Posted: July 8, 2022    Author: Georgina Bell

Respiratory therapists (RTs) are healthcare workers who specialize in respiratory system dysfunction. Because part of their job is managing ventilators, RTs typically work in step-down or critical care units. There are many health conditions which, if seen in medical records, should prompt the attorney or legal nurse to pay ...

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Even More Major Medical Technology Hazards In 2018

Category: Medical Malpractice    Posted: April 15, 2022    Author: Georgina Bell

During our last post, we went over the main medical technology hazards that can lead to medical malpractice in 2018. This post continues that discussion by highlight additional hazards that the ERCI Institute has identified as the major emerging threats in its annually-published list.

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COVID-19 Pandemic And Depression

Category: Legal Nurse    Posted: January 7, 2022    Author: Georgina Bell

In 2019, the world was introduced to a new virus known as Sars-COV2 and more commonly COVID-19 creating a deadly world-wide pandemic. By early 2020, the majority of the world was sent into lockdown as an extreme measure to prevent the spread of the virus. Now, there are still many things that we do not know about the COVID-1...

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Preventable Surgical Complications: Retained Surgical Items

Category: Legal Nurse    Posted: December 3, 2021    Author: Georgina Bell

Surgeries of all types have a risk for complications. Routine complications can include things such as the body’s refusal of an implanted device, delayed healing, bleeding, wound dehiscence (opening up) or infection. Other complications can be preventable and are indicative of malpractice. One of the most common types of surgical complications t...

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The Importance Of Early Identification Of Sepsis

Category: Legal Nurse    Posted: November 5, 2021    Author: Georgina Bell

Infections are a common medical ailment. Infections can be a complication of a healing wound, a surgical site, or secondary to an invasive procedure. Infections may also develop from common illnesses such as a urinary tract infections or community acquired pneumonia. When someone develops an infection that is localized, this...

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Hidden Or Missed Car Accident Injuries

Category: Legal Nurse    Posted: September 3, 2021    Author: Georgina Bell

There are over 6 million car accidents every year in the U. S., and nearly half of these lead to injury, disability or death. The nature of car accidents means that victims can be exposed to serious injuries with heavy physical and financial consequences. In additi...

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Personal Injury Case Study #1

Category: Legal Nurse    Posted: August 6, 2021    Author: Georgina Bell

Patient Status: Bailey Allen is a 30 year old female who is married and works as a CNA. She reports smoking marijuana/cannabis daily and drinking alcohol occasionally. Mrs. Allen has a past medical history of hypertension, anxiety, and eczema. Her past surgical history is a tonsillectomy. 

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Injuries In The Workplace: A Review Of Common Safety Violations

Category: Legal Nurse    Posted: July 2, 2021    Author: Georgina Bell

While workplace safety has continued to improve over the last few decades, many workers are still exposed to the risk of injury or even death on a regular basis. Naturally, some jobs such as those in construction, logging, and fishing carry much higher risks than others. However, even low-risk jobs can become hazardous affairs due to negligence ...

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An Introduction To Personal Injury Litigation

Category: Personal Injury    Posted: June 2, 2021    Author: Georgina Bell

Today, we want to spend some time going over the fundamentals of personal injury lawsuits. Namely, what types of accidents or injuries fall under the umbrella of potential litigation, and how is evidence weighed in these cases?

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