Legal Nurse Consulting News: Litigation Trends

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Sacramento Business Journal reports that litigation trends are on the rise, according to a new survey by the law firm, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Thirty-four percent of United States' businesses participating in the survey expect litigation costs to rise significantly in the next year. The survey cites the 'blame game' as the main cause for the increased amount of lawsuits. Individuals and companies that are experiencing economic difficulties may try to place the blame for the economy on others. The article states, 'of the U.S. companies responding to the 2008 litigation trends survey, forty-five percent reported spending at least one million annually on litigation.' Additionally, nineteen percent will probably increase their in-house litigation staff this year.

In the United States, it is estimated that there is a traumatic brain injury every fifteen seconds, and that over five million Americans currently suffer with symptoms from some type of brain injury. Sometimes these injuries result from catastrophic events, such as car accidents or slip and falls. At times, these injuries may be caused by the carelessness or negligence of an individual or a company. If these injuries are the basis of a lawsuit, the attorney working the case will probably not be able to accurately understand the medical reports.

An excellent example of this is the letter 'K'. To an attorney, this is shorthand for the word 'contract'. Furthermore, it can also mean 'thousand,' such as 10K means ten thousand dollars. To a nurse, this means potassium. An attorney would never catch this by reading a medical record, but a nurse would never miss it! Your nursing experience is critical to assist attorneys or other employers with medical legal cases.

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RN MARKET News features Legal Nurse Consulting related articles written by Veronica Castellana, Ryan Sanchez, and other guest writers. Veronica is the LNC STAT course creator and is a currently practicing Advanced Legal Nurse Consultant. Her training tools and techniques have resulted in some of the most succesful Legal Nurse Consultants in the world. She is now the leader in Legal Nurse success. Ryan is the Director of Marketing for RN MARKET and the LNC STAT course. His valuable expertise helps nurses to realize their true potential and value in the field of Legal Nurse Consulting.