Q How do I avoid being sued?

A One important aspect in avoiding a malpractice lawsuit is to weigh the evidence in your favor. Weighing the evidence is a legal phrase that simply means nurses who can support their perspective of the case will have a better chance of prevailing. First, it is important to remember that a result cannot be guaranteed by a lawyer. When a nurse has been named in a lawsuit and is represented by counsel, it is the lawyer’s job to present the best case possible with all the evidence available. If a case proceeds to trial, the judge or the jury will make the final determination of whether malpractice occurred.

The best way to “weigh the evidence in your favor” is by documentation. When in doubt whether it is appropriate to document, go ahead and document. Document who, when, where, and why. Document facts and...

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