I have worked on more than 300 cases as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. The most memorable case I had the pleasure to work on had the most unexpected result and the largest impact on my CLNC business.
I was working as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant for a year when I received what came to be one of my most memorable CLNC cases. I began reviewing the records and discovered something wasn't matching up. The documentation was perfect. In fact, it was too perfect – yet the patient's condition continued to deteriorate.
My most memorable case involved a 32-year-old Caucasian male with a long history of chronic abdominal pain controlled with prn Dilaudid. He was hospitalized for additional diffuse abdominal pain and passing blood.
My most memorable case involves a failure to timely diagnose and treat ectopic pregnancy. I obtained this legal nurse consultant job through an attorney I met at a legal conference.
One of my most memorable cases is a legal nurse consultant job involving alleged missed diagnosis of a glioblastoma multiformis (GBM) in an elderly patient. My CLNC role was to screen the case for merit and to submit a written report.
One of my most memorable cases is a legal nurse consultant job involving a teenage male, John, who became a quadriplegic following a sports-related injury. He was admitted to the hospital for a routine revision of his suprapubic catheter and discharged home five hours after the procedure in reportedly stable condition.
My most memorable case involved a 21-year-old Portuguese speaking woman who was about to have her second child. During the C-section closure, the patient sustained an injury to her bladder which resulted in the development of a vesicouterine fistula and vesicovaginal fistula. She suffered for five days without being able to communicate her needs, pain or fear to the medical staff. She was eventually transferred to a tertiary care hospital but had to undergo a hysterectomy to repair the injury to her bladder. The failure to recognize the injury lasted five days.
Early on in my career as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant I was hesitant to take on the role of a testifying expert and I refused numerous opportunities to testify. Then I decided it was time to jump start my CLNC® business, so the next time an attorney asked me I said yes.
After reviewing more than 800 medical malpractice cases, one case is most memorable. This case involves a 36-year-old patient who presented to the emergency department (ED) with a chief complaint of a neck injury after a fall from a boat. The RN defendant cared for the patient for a brief period of time in the ED just prior to transfer to a medical nursing unit. The patient was deemed stable by the ED physician prior to transfer. Early the next morning the patient was diagnosed with an acute vertebral artery dissection, locked in syndrome and quadriplegia. The RN who cared for the patient briefly in the ED was alleged to have failed to diagnose her neurological condition.
This is one of my most memorable cases because it expanded my role as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. The child in this case was 4-years-old when he attended a church day care while his parents attended services. He was an active, healthy child, but did have a milk allergy. The boy was aware of his own allergy and always told his teachers he could not drink milk.