Ann W. Latner, JD

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PA balks at doctor’s sleazy orders

After ignoring an affair with a patient, illegally prescribed drugs, and falsified papers, a practice finally goes too far. Ms. K, 45, worked as a physician assistant in a large suburban practice outside a major city. She’d been employed there for more than 12 years and took pride in her work. Until shortly before she…

Whose standard of care applies?

A lawyer challenges the legitimacy of an expert’s opinion after an NP misses an incipient stroke. Mr. L, 37, was a nurse practitioner in the busy emergency department of a large hospital. He was on duty when a 56-year-old woman came in complaining of a headache that had lasted for two weeks, along with nausea…

Jury shows a bias for antibiotics

When a sinus infection wreaks havoc on a patient, a PA’s medical judgment means little to laymen. As a physician assistant in a small family practice, Ms. A, 42, was sometimes the only clinician available. Such was the case when Mrs. Z came to see her regular physician, Dr. L, and was treated by Ms.…

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