It is common with nursing neglect claims to focus on nursing negligence and this hinge on the review of a nursing expert. However, it is critical to determine early on whether or not it is possible to have a physician specifically relate wrongful death or other claims to the negligence at hand. Similarly, the defense should shore up its defenses, which do not relate the ultimate outcome to the act of nursing neglect.

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.