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Volume 27 Number 2 Summer 2016 THE JOURNAL OF egal Nurse Consulting LNC WRITTEN WORK PRODUCTS

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PURPOSE American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants 330 North Wabash Ave. Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60611 8774022562 3123215177 Fax 3126736655 Email Web site The purpose

ARTICLE SUBMISSION The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting JLNC, a refereed publication, is the official journal of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants AALNC. We invite interested nurses

FROM THE PRESIDENT A Message from the President Dear AALNC Members, Susan Carleo RN, CAPA, LNCC President, AALNC up there. W hen I attended my first American Association of Legal Nurse Consultant

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. In 20162017 we plan to Continue to associate with nursing specialty organizations to share speakers and promote lega

FROM THE EDITOR Editors Note elcome to the June 2016 JLNC. Youre looking at a wonderful collection of ideas and techniques to make your work stronger, more persuasive, more valuable to your clients.

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FEATURE An LNC Primer Screening and Investigating Potential Medical Malpractice Cases Elizabeth K. Zorn, RN, BSN, LNCC Stephen G. Schwarz, Esq. Keywords Medical malpractice, screening, investigating

handle medical malpractice cases. Legal nurse consultants are tremendously valuable in this work, and nowhere more than in screening cases. However, attorneys should never entirely delegate this respo

clients minor child who moved to Pennsylvania and received medical care in Delaware. He did not know that Delaware has a particularly ungenerous statute of limitations for minors, resulting in the leg

and a causal link between them. Damages must be enough to offset the cost of litigation. Even egregious medical errors do not support a good malpractice case without these elements. The worst possible

View additional screening memos Colonoscopy OB Case Craniocytosis DVT Wrongful Death Information regarding dependents Social media platforms Whether the client is in bankruptcy proceedings any r

it may be hard to judge if that physician is circling the wagons, has an axe to grind with a potential defendant, or is so sympathetic to the patient as to have lost objectivity. Providing off the rec

SCREENING SKILLS Test Your Case Screening Skills Youre an inhouse LNC in a medmal firm, and your secretary took these notes from phone calls and passed them along. You decide Reject or investigate Ta

FEATURE Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Demand Letter Elizabeth K. Zorn, RN, BSN, LNCC Keywords medical malpractice, demand letter, settlement Both defense and plaintiff counsel use plaintiffs dema

FACTS On December 17, 2000, Mary White was a 38yearold mother of two who lived in Small Town, New York. She had been unable to work since May 11, 1999 due to a right shoulder injury sustained at work.

AFFIDAVIT OF LAUREN DANAHY, RN, BS, MBA, CCM, LNCC I, Lauren Danahy, make oath and state as follows 1.I am qualified to depose to this affidavit because I am over the age of 18 and fully competent to

Dr. Spences order for SQ epinephrine was contrary to the practice guidelines of these major medical associations. epinephrine for an itchy rash in the absence of anaphylaxis, respiratory distress, lar

by the rapid onset of symptoms after the administration. The medical literature consistently reports that the onset of action of IV epinephrine is 12 minutes whereas the onset of action when administe

Ecotrin, Cardizem, Lovenox a blood thinner, Nitropaste, and Xanax. She arrived at FGH, but due to her extreme anxiety, was unable to go through with the procedure as planned despite being given Ativan

and started her on Buspar buspirone, an antianxiety medication. On 11301 Dr. Allen admitted Mary to Mercy Hospital due to recent onset chest pressure, shortness of breath and lightheadedness. She also

Mary has continued to have at least weekly sometimes several times a day episodes of brief atypical chest pain or spasms. He noted that she continued to have two different types of chest discomfort o

returning now for the past several months, especially since the weather has been hot. She has a gripping sensation in the left upper chest which can last up to a few seconds. This can happen several t

FEATURE Demonstrative Evidence Instruction and Ethical Persuasion Mindy Cohen, RN, MSN, LNCC Keywords Demonstrative evidence, legal nurse consultant, science of persuasion, psychology Demonstrative

FEATURE T here is a profound difference between good and great evidence. Good evidence is often verbal or written and targets our logic. Great evidence follows the ageold adage of, Show, dont tell.

The American Bar Association defines demonstrative evidence as,evidence addressed directly to the senses without intervention of testimony. was used to demonstrate a vaginal infection that spread thro

FEATURE proofing, and for the final product How many revisions are included in the price What are your policies on timing, rush fees, retainers, and payment procedures Is pricing per hour, or per proj

Mal Navigator, Medical Dictionaries, Shutterstock, and others allow use of their images with a paid subscription. Arbitration and Trial Arbitration and trial venues have strict rules controlling DE i

FEATURE ask yourself or your vendor in the planning phase Is this something I am going to do alone, or do I need an outside vendor If using a vendor, what expertise do I need How much do I need to

sequential storyline of the fusion. Figures 710 reveal how I modified the stock image in Figure 4 L5S1 fusion in a relatively inexpensive and easy way to illustrate a procedure specifically for a uniq

1980. Its strong effect on the jury makes these kinds of DE worthy of your evaluation. If you do use these, ensure your DE 1. Is anatomically based on documented operative reports and radiologic data

FEATURE DayintheLife Video as Evidence Kelly Deutsch Keywords Legal video, dayinthelife, personal injury, damages, sentinel events S ubjects who are permanently or catastrophically injured need to

FEATURE toileting. It is a powerful tool for personal injury cases, and the courts wholeheartedly agree. In Grimes v. Employers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of Wisconsin 1977 the court found th

demonstrative evidence as long as they do not contain inter alia, artistic highlighting, obvious exaggerations, selfserving behavior, scenes which serve little purpose other than to create sympathy, o

FEATURE Demonstrative Evidence Specialty Timelines Alicia Luke, RN, LNCC Keywords LNC work product, timelines, specialty timelines, chronology Specialty timelines can take many forms depending on th

FEATURE oure looking at an immense medical record. The plaintiff has numerous wounds documented by three different facilities over two years. Some facilities call a wound X, others call it Y. There ar

DATE 033007 John Doe v. Defendant Nursing Home Timeline of Nutrition and Interventions CHARTNOTES Date 021016 BATES Doe 02220224 INTERVENTIONSPOCMODIFICATION 040308 040308 040708 Do

JOHN DOE VS DEFENDANT Weight Nutrition Weight and Nutritional Interventions Defendant caregivers implemented interventions to assist John Doe in maintaining adequate intake and a healthy weight des

flow, timeliness, and appropriateness of measures taken by the defendant nursing home staff. DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE Figure 1 is an excellent example of how a visual presentation of case facts can be

FEATURE Medical Definitions Terms, Abbreviations, Acronyms and Symbols Ann M. Peterson, RN, EdD, MSN, FNPBC, LNCC Keywords Definitions, terminology, root, prefix, suffix, symbols This article briefl

R eviewing medical records can seem daunting when youre faced with unfamiliar medical terms. Most medical terms are drawn from other languages, particularly Latin and Greek. Medical terminology is mu

Professional Organizations American Society of Hematology American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Infectious Disease Society of America Websites httpwww.blood

Professional Organizations Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Websites httpwww.theagapecenter.comOrganizationsSpecialtiesPulmonary. htm httpwww.e

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