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.