It is no secret that when things go wrong for someone, they often blame others. As adults, we can take this a step further. We can demand that someone pay for their actions by suing the party we believe is responsible.
The medical profession is no stranger to this. Many doctors have lawsuits filed against them every single day.
Maybe, as a lawyer, your client is the patient who was wronged by a doctor. Now they must suffer through serious consequences. Maybe, on the other hand, your client is a doctor being sued over an outcome that he had no control over. Whatever the case is, it is your job to put together your client’s position. There is one problem. Your expertise lies in the legal field, not the medical field. How can you give your client the best chance?
One great way to help your case is to hire a legal nurse consultant. A legal nurse consultant is trained in medical matters and can assist your case. They know the medical code inside and out. They can explain where the doctor went wrong with the now suffering client or what would have happened if the doctor took another route.
Let us look at two scenarios from the doctor’s perspective.
In scenario one (1) your client, the doctor, needs your help. A former patient of his had to have her hand amputated to save her life and she is suing. You highlight all the facts of the case, your plaintiff testifies, and yes, she did have surgery performed by your client; the tricky part comes when she could not give consent due to being incapacitated at the time, forcing the doctor to make that decision to amputate. The doctor gives his testament about the case and adds in his expert opinion of what would have happened had he not performed the procedure. If it were any other case, you know you would have it in the bag. Unfortunately, you can tell by the look on the judges face that this is a case you will not win. Having the doctor give his expert opinion in addition to his testimony makes him untrustworthy.
Now, let us look at the case with one tiny difference, scenario two (2). The doctor still becomes your client. In court, you have the plaintiff explain her side. It is established that she was unconscious, so she couldn’t give consent. Then, you have your client explain his side of the story. Finally, you call in a legal nurse consultant. Your third witness can highlight the standards of conduct/codes that allowed him to perform the procedure. The expert legal nurse consultant also gives her testimony about what would have happened had the procedure not been performed. You look at the face of the judge, and you are confident about the case.
The difference that comes with using a medical professional not connected to the case is immense. They have no bias and can therefore offer up a trustworthy, factual opinion.
They can also be there to help attorneys make informed medical decisions, identify any errors in a medical trial, and use their expertise to keep one from dragging on. If you need an expert opinion for medical matters, you can avoid the risk by hiring a legal nurse consultant from the start.