There used to be a time when as a nurse license defense attorney, I was ankle-deep working with criminal defense attorneys. By ankle deep, I mean I had a few cases where nurses had concurrent representation by a criminal defense attorney. I work the Nursing Board case and the criminal defense attorney of course handles the criminal case. This was maybe 6 years ago.
About three years ago, I would say my nurse license defense practice was knee-deep working with criminal defense attorneys.
I must report as of this year, I am waist-deep working with criminal defense attorneys throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. I am also working with one or two medical malpractice defense attorneys in cases where my client is involved in a nursing malpractice case and I am representing the nurse before the Nursing Board.
I like defense attorneys whether its a criminal defense attorney or a med mal defense attorney because we tend to think alike. Tell me what you see on your side and I will tell you what I see on my side.
Why am I saying this to you? To me this shows that legal cases involving nurses are not just your "run of the mill case" anymore and as such there may be one or more different specialties of attorneys working a case or a particular avenue of the case involving a nurse. Nursing is evolving.
If you have a legal issue make sure you have the right attorney with the right skill set and the right experience working your case or a particular avenue of your case. Its your license, your livelihood, and your case.