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Insurance because there is a difference and split up

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insurance because there is a difference and split-up between the nurse’s liability for wrongdoing and his or her employer’s liability. Westrick (2014) delineates that nurses with individual policies will be provided with an attorney who will represent their interests, not the employer’s and their defense costs will usually be covered. Employers have an interest in defending their own liability, and may not have reason to fully defend the nurse. Documents Required by Plaintiff Attorneys Plaintiff attorneys will file a case for the family members of Wilma Carpenter, her husband Howard Carpenter. The attorneys will be seeking many documents as they prepare the case and research what transpired during the patient’s stay in the hospital and the varying units that she was on during her stay. Plaintiff attorneys utilize a broad approach to document requests, as this strategy can yield items that might not have otherwise been turned over during the discovery process (Bachman, Gruszka, & Rosenblatt, 2011). The attorneys will file for discovery materials on any and all records relating to Wilma Carpenter, including but not limited to: admission paperwork, all charting that was performed electronic or handwritten, physicians and surgeons notes, nursing documentation, assessments, surgical timeline notes, medication administration records, and all consent forms signed by either the patient or her legal
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CASE STUDY II 16 representative at the time. These records will be used to show what was done for the patient and if the patient was appropriately informed of risks and benefits of the surgery before having the procedure. In addition to these documents, time details for staffing will be requested as well. This is to show what staff was scheduled and who was present at the time of the occurrence. This is to prove what staff was on duty and who had direct contact with the patient at the time of the incident. Also it shows what the staffing was at the time of the incident and whether it was understaffed on the unit. Plaintiff attorneys will request also policy and procedure documents from the facility to know if the staff was following policy when the incident occurred. By comparing the medical records to the policy and procedures of the facility, the plaintiff attorneys can determine if negligence occurred or if hospital policy was not followed. In addition to the above mentioned records, personnel records will be requested. Names of everyone on duty and in possible contact with the patient will be requested. Education, competency reports, criminal history and public license documents will be requested as is customary in these types of cases (Showers, 2000). Not only is the facility going to be sued, but the staff that cared for the patient will be as well. This will create a large amount of documentation that will have to be turned over to the plaintiff attorneys.
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  • Spring '17
  • Dr Smith
  • Nursing, Medical malpractice, Registered nurse, Mr. Howard Carpenter

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