Inpatient Hospital Malpractice
Poor outcomes occur in hospital settings sometimes. But sometimes, poor outcomes are fully preventable when they are caused by the negligence or improper actions of the hospital staff or providers. There are a variety of such cases of medical negligence or medical malpractice. From failing to diagnose an acute condition such as stroke or heart attack on the floor, to prescribing the wrong medication or improper doses of drugs, failing to perform diagnostic tests or disregarding their results, and a myriad of other improper actions or inactions, even the most experienced of providers or nurses can make mistakes. But when the mistakes lead to tragedy or permanent disability, providers and hospitals should be held accountable.
It would behoove a trial attorney taking on such a case to use resources available to them to become well-versed on the standards of care applying to their case, as well as how a breach of these standards may have proximately caused alleged damages. Such definitive conclusions require a thorough review of medical records, and the input of a Nurse Practitioner consulting expert with experience and expertise in the inpatient setting.
Hospitalist Nurse Practitioners are experienced in the direct provision of care–having worked as nurses in the medical/surgical unit, and often intensive care setting, and as providers managing that care and providing orders. Nurse Practitioners are more highly-trained than nurses, and more detail-oriented than the average physician, and, what’s more, they are much more affordable for consulting services than their physician counterpart. By engaging a Nurse Practitioner consulting expert and thereby gaining a comprehensive understanding of what happened and why, you, as the trial attorney stand a better chance of winning your case and recovering damages for your deserving plaintiff.
DNP, FNP-C, NRP, NP-CLP
Dr. Lisa Diekman is a nationally Board certified Nurse Practitioner with a focus on family and internal medicine with over 15 years of clinical experience.
After working as a paramedic, Lisa worked as an RN in trauma and the emergency department, and even as flight nurse. Lisa maintains certifications in many areas of these specialties. As an NP, Lisa has clinical experience as an internal medicine hospitalist, and in aesthetics and occupational health.
MSN, APRN, FNP-C, NP-CLP
Shelly has been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and a founding Nurse Practitioner Consultant to the Legal Profession with Discovery NP Legal Consultants since its establishment in 2021. Her clinical experiences have afforded her a wealth of knowledge in a variety of areas to bring to her role as a Nurse Practitioner Consultant to the Legal Profession (NP-CLP).
These include pulmonary critical care, neurosurgery, neuro ICU, and long-term care, among others.
MSN, FNP-C, NP-CLP
Yvonne worked as a bedside registered nurse for 5 years in cardiac and step-down units before graduating as a nurse practitioner in 2013. Yvonne started practicing in cardiology, which had became her true passion, and then subsequently branched out to experience and become proficient as a diagnosing and prescribing provider in other subspecialties including internal medicine, emergency medicine, and ultimately, intensive care. Yvonne has cared for intensive care COVID patients through the thick of the pandemic in 2020 to present.