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Case Analysis: Medical Malpractice Module


Julie Dickinson, MBA BSN RN LNCC
Elizabeth Zorn, BSN RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: By working through this self-directed online module, the learner will be able to analyze the multiple aspects and management priorities involved in a medical malpractice case.


  • Outline the legal classification of a professional negligence case.
  • Summarize the 4 elements of proof in a professional negligence claim.
  • Outline the preliminary considerations when screening a potential case for merit.
  • Define the process and elements involved in evaluating standard of care and breach of duty.
  • Analyze the process of evaluating damages.
  • Analyze the process of evaluating causation.
  • Outline the considerations when evaluating claims from the defense perspective.
  • Explore the strategies and decision-making processes used to determine the best means to resolve a claim prior to verdict.
  • Explain the role of expert witnesses in professional negligence cases.
  • Evaluate the various factors impacting trial outcome.

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 6.5
Expiration Date: September 22, 2022

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.


Member: $211
Non-member: $422

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