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No Expert Needed for Improper Morphine Injection Claim in Nevada

July 10, 2020, 3:10 PM

A Nevada woman doesn’t need expert testimony to back her claim that a nursing home employee mistakenly gave her mother morphine meant for another patient because jurors can decide the nurse’s negligence for themselves, the state’s top court said.

Ersheila Dawson’s accidental administration of the wrong drug to Mary Curtis would be ordinary, not professional, negligence because it didn’t require an exercise of professional judgment, the Nevada Supreme Court said Thursday.

Thus, Curtis’s estate doesn’t need to comply with a Nevada law requiring professional liability claims to be supported by an expert witness’s statement attesting to a claim’s validity, at...

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