Discovering the Needle: Nurse consultants help you discover what you didn’t know that you didn’t know about how to win your medical malpractice case.

Discovering the Needle: Nurse consultants help you discover what you didn’t know that you didn’t know about how to win your medical malpractice case.

In this interview podcast for trial attorneys we look at anonymized true examples of how a behind-the-scenes non-testifying nurse consultant was able to quickly locate, isolate, and articulate the core issues in common and not-so-common medical malpractice scenarios, using his or her nursing expertise to save the firm upfront costs, resulting in higher profits and higher compensation to your deserving client. FOR NURSES seeking info and guidance on becoming a legal nurse consultant: please check out our partner website:


November 22, 2022 23 min

Heidi Palmquist and I talk about nurses missing important doctors' orders and the critical danger of something as seemingly-harmless as IV fluids to the wrong population. Significant conversation about why behind-the-scenes nurse consultants are necessary in addition to and BEFORE engaging a testifying expert and how this can save you thousands. A veteran LNC of 20+ years, Heidi also gives some tips to new LNCs, including t...

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Lisa D'Abrosca and I discuss why it's so important not to overlook nursing documentation, which can either condemn or exonerate, and why it's so important to keep an open mind about the narrative no matter what the story you receive tells you. 

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October 29, 2022 26 min

Connie Schaefer, an infection prevention specialty RN and I discuss the basics of pressure ulcers and nursing interventions to prevent them, as well as the challenges of inpatient COVID care. We discuss the difference between nursing and medical diagnoses and interventions. 

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October 25, 2022 20 min

While discussing a case of LACK of documentation, Dr. Tara Zacharzuk-Marciano, LNC, and I discuss why nurses are so hesitant to become testifying experts and how you can convince them. 

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September 23, 2022 26 min

In this episode, Randy Loveless and I discuss the case of a surgery with a bad outcome. That happens, so how do you know when you have a case? In this case, the patient needed a revision surgery... was it the surgeon's fault, the patient's fault, or just the luck of the draw? We also discuss how legal nurse consultants can be ideal to delegate to for the locating and vetting of testifying experts for your case and why.

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September 10, 2022 25 min

In this episode I talk to Jessica Shaffer about how nurses are so capable of finding the needle in the haystack because their unique knowledge and experience in understanding both nursing AND provider documentation is like having a magnet to draw over the hay. We discuss how important it is to not be fixated on the original narrative as provided by the plaintiff, who may be in the dark about the details, and only generates a narrat...

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August 30, 2022 23 min

In this episode, Maryjo Hunt teaches us how a horrible outcome can result from a series of medical errors, not just one. We also discuss how the healthcare providers who may, at first glance, seem to be the culprits, may actually be the heroes when the medical record is examined further. We also discuss how understanding the nuances of an individual patient's comorbidities can impact the standard of care for that unique patient...

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August 5, 2022 16 min

In this episode, Susan Wright shares an example of a known possible complication from a surgical treatment: hemorrhage. Informed consent doesn't give the providers license to provide substandard care. Complications happen, but when they do, during the post-operative period, when the patient is being monitored, and when clear signs of complication are evident and no action is taken, what looks like a simple bad outcome can be re...

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August 1, 2022 18 min

In this episode we discuss the common medical negligence scenario of a nurse's failure to properly assess a patient's fall risk, resulting in injury. Falls are a "never event" according to all patient safety and regulatory bodies. Most falls are preventable with proper assessment of fall risk and the implementation of proper fall precautions. Nurses are aware of assessments required for various patient populations t...

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