Michael Petruccelli won nearly $1.19 million for a health care risk manager, who sued her former employer over what she claimed was a retaliatory firing.
Petruccelli’s client, Patricia Wise-Youngren, lost her job after reporting Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center encouraged its nurses to deliver medical care beyond the scope of their licenses beginning in August 2013.
Her lawsuit claimed she had learned at a March 2014 staff meeting that licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, worked without proper supervision, dispensed medications, independently cared for patients and performed other tasks in violation of state law.
Wise-Youngren claimed she urged the Davenport hospital to disclose the alleged violations to regulators.
‘My client felt that if these (claims) were in fact true, they needed to be investigated,” said Petruccelli, a board-certified civil trial lawyer who’s also helped hospitals fend off medical malpractice suits.