Preparing and maintaining an enforceable set of healthcare power-of-attorney and durable power-of-attorney documents speeds the process of opening and investigating the claims. Similarly, developing a streamlined system to establish an estate representative, by way of direct estate work to contacts with a qualified state attorney help to accomplish this same end.

You can read more practice tips in my chapter Screening the Nursing Malpractice Case, in a text edited by Patricia Iyer, RN MSN LNCC. More information about Nursing Malpractice, Third Edition, 2007 may be found at here.