Quickly locating and retaining medical experts is an important component of the legal nurse consulting services we provide.
Below are a few case studies that are good examples of the type of medical experts we find and retain for our clients.
Case #1 – Failure To Diagnose A Stroke
Situation: A claims department at a regional medical center contacted us because they anticipated a lawsuit concerning a delay in diagnosing a stroke in a patient.
Medical Expert: We retained a medical expert who is a Clinical Professor at a prestigious university. Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, he is also an attending physician in the emergency departments at two additional hospitals.
Findings: The medical expert reviewed the medical records of the patient, with a particular focus on the care provided in the emergency department. In the expert’s opinion, the emergency care provider failed to appropriately consider a stroke or provide a timely neurology consultation to discuss the risks and benefits of TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator). The medical expert concluded that these omissions were determined to have violated the standard of care.
Case #2 – Wrongful Death Claim That Lorazepam Led To Respiratory Arrest
Situation: A claims department at a hospital contacted us because they received a letter from an attorney who was pursing a claim of wrongful death. The attorney was claiming that an oral dose of lorazepam led to respiratory failure in an elderly woman with co-morbidities.
Medical Expert: We retained a medical expert who is a hospitalist at a medical center within a university medicine system, where he also serves as a Medical Director of staff services. Board certified in Internal Medicine, the medical expert also has an Executive Master of Health Administration degree.
Findings: The medical expert reviewed the medical records of the patient and had no concerns regarding the care that was provided. He concluded that the patient had been aspirating on her own secretions on a regular basis, that hospice care should have been provided much sooner, and that the hospital team provided great care.