In any nursing negligence claim, it is advisable to retain a nurse – who is not necessarily the ultimate expert in the case – to provide a detailed timeline to examine all claims and all sites of alleged negligence or manifestation of injury to determine the proper players in the case. This is frequently inexpensive and provides an excellent foundation for all of the future litigation from either the plaintiff or defendant’s point of view.

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.