Familiarity, accuracy and diligence are essential in exploring the issues surrounding potential medical malpractice in the pediatric patient. Missed diagnoses could have lasting damages—which is why careful consideration must be taken when deciding how to go about investigating the situation.
The most common missed diagnosis in the pediatric population include meningitis, appendicitis, urinary tract infections (UTI), sepsis, pneumonia, gastroenteritis, ear infections, bone fractures, mononucleosis, and heart disease. In each of these cases, a pediatric Nurse Practitioner consulting expert should review the records to ensure that standards of care were met. This careful analysis of the evidence can also provide greater insight into other potential medical errors.
For attorneys who want to provide the best possible service to their clients, it’s imperative to ensure that you are taking advantage of the most knowledgeable consulting expertise available. This will help you build a clinically sound narrative and strategize in order to get expert testimony corroboration.
DEBORAH WALTER LAWS
APRN, MSN, ACNP, CLNC, NP-CLP
Deborah has over 43 years experience as a nurse and Certified Nurse Practitioner. She is a founding Nurse Practitioner Consultant to the Legal Profession with Discovery NP Legal Consultants. Clinically, Deborah’s background has been focused on critical care (ICU), primarily in the pediatric population.
Deborah has been active in multiple national professional organizations, attending national conferences and participating in committees and special interest groups. She has done seven international medical mission trips, and looks forward to participating in more.