Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Assists Attorneys With Trucking Case - Jury Awards $20 Million Verdict
Atlanta, Georgia -- January 6, 2009 – Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant, Liz Buddenhagen, RN, CLNC, assisted attorneys with medical aspects of a wrongful death case involving a sleep deprived truck driver and a schoolteacher driving to work.
The result was a $20 million verdict.
Here’s what happened: A 62-year-old Atlanta area schoolteacher suffered broken ribs when his car was rear-ended by a supply truck. The schoolteacher was stopped at a red light when the truck crashed into his vehicle. He subsequently died in the hospital of complications. Neighbors say the teacher was highly regarded by his students and respected for his volunteer work for the homeless.
The truck driver was working a day job. He also had a night job, surviving on as little as three to four hours of sleep each day. Authorities say this lack of sleep ultimately contributed to the deadly accident that killed the teacher.
Approximately one week before trial, the medical expert just named for the defense attorneys tried to blame the treating physicians for failing to save the teacher’s life.
“The plaintiff attorneys initially hired our firm to review medical records, summarize and create a timeline of the past medical history of the deceased schoolteacher,” said Buddenhagen. “After attending a deposition of one of the treating physicians, our firm created a chronology of the hospitalization following the accident and reviewed the medical care rendered,” she said.
One week before trial, Buddenhagen said she and her team located an appropriate medical expert to review, opine and testify in court about the quality of care the schoolteacher received at the hospital.
“We make it a point to attend trial, whenever possible,” she said. “We assist our attorney-clients by initially by sorting out medical issues, assisting in the case as it comes together, observing as it proceeds through trial and then closes. “We are proud that our work helped this law firm achieve a fair and just $20 million verdict.”
Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Liz Buddenhagen, has 30 years experience as a registered nurse, working in many hospital areas, including critical care. She and her legal nurse consulting team work nationwide on legal cases where there are medical issues – plaintiff or defense.
To view 20 Little Known Facts About Legal Nurse Consultants, go to www.Legal-Nurse-Consultant-LNC.com. Contact Liz Buddenhagen, RN, CLNC, for a free initial consultation: 770-725-2997 or email at Liz@BuddenhagenLNC.com.
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