Allegations of malpractice against doctors, nurses, assisted-living facilities and nursing homes are among the most complex types of personal injury and wrongful death cases a law firm can handle.
The era of electronic medical records has exponentially increased the amount of information available to both medical and legal professionals. However, distilling those records to determine whether treatment providers have met their obligations to provide adequate standards of care has been complicated by the sheer volume of information available, as well as by the increasing complexity of state and federal regulations.
Lynn Andersen, RN, MSN, CLNC® is a professional nurse with nearly 30 years of dedicated nursing experience, including that as a medical malpractice expert witness, and has been providing her expertise to quality medical case reviews for over 15 years. Her experience as a trauma nurse, compliance officer and nurse educator provide her with the extensive knowledge and expertise that can be determinative when it comes to positive outcomes in a wide variety of medical malpractice cases.
As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC®), Lynn has undergone specific, rigorous training to align her nursing and medical expertise with the dynamics of medical legal cases. She is certified to provide expertise in all phases of your litigation including:
- Identifying proper standards of care.
- Identifying omissions and/or substandard care.
- Reviewing and summarizing complex electronic medical records.
- Creating chronologies, interrogatories and case summaries.
- Evaluate and explain the extent of injuries and pre-existing conditions.
- Serving as an expert plaintiff or defense witness.
Nurse Consulting in Malpractice Cases
Lynn is an expert in the complexities of the medical system. She is often called upon to augment an attorney’s legal expertise in building a case for damages in all types of medical malpractice cases, including:
- Failure to diagnose: Can lead to delay in proper treatment and/or treatment that exacerbates an existing medical condition.
- Surgical errors: Unnecessary surgeries, incorrect surgical protocols, or mistakes made during surgery can all have a lasting impact on a patient and can be particularly difficult to identify.
- Incorrect treatment of a medical condition: Outdated modes of treatment and noncompliance with standards of care or state and federal regulations are just a few of the issues. In many cases, what is not in the medical record can be just as critical as what information is present.
- Failure to treat: Delays in medical treatment can be detrimental to patient outcome, and in some cases can be fatal.
- Birth injuries: Pre-eclampsia, forcep injuries and Erb’s Palsy are just a few of the issues that can impact the health and welfare of mother and child.
- Cancer misdiagnosis: Delay in treatment of cancer can quickly result in late-stage cancer that is no longer treatable, or that requires much more invasive treatment.
- Medication errors: Medical complications are increasingly caused by errors in prescribing or administering medications. Allergic reactions, interactions with other medications, and detrimental side effects that can reduce quality of life or cause dangerous medical conditions like low blood pressure are just a few of the most common issues.
- Bedsores/Nursing home neglect: Understaffing and inadequately trained staff are an increasingly common issue in the nation’s nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Bedsores are not an unavoidable consequence of old age or immobility. And failure to properly treat them can lead to infection, sepsis and other life-threatening medical conditions.
- Anesthesia errors: The most common results of anesthesia mistakes include heart attack or stroke, spinal cord injuries, asphyxia, damage to the trachea, brain damage, coma, and death. Anesthesia awareness occurs in cases where the patient is not administered the proper dose of anesthesia.
At Lynn Andersen Nurse Consulting, her decades of nursing and regulatory compliance expertise is translated into a cost-effective medical insider dedicated to all of your litigation needs – from case screening through to mediation or trial.
Call medical malpractice expert witness, Lynn Andersen Nurse Consulting L.L.C. today at 719-237-4415 for your case consultation.