This case involves a patient who coded while under the watch of a nurse. The nurse recounted a version of the story that matched the medical records. However, following the autopsy, a closer review of the medical records raised suspicions regarding the nurse’s care toward the patient in the hours leading up to his death. It was alleged that the attending nurse altered the records in order to cover up their wrongdoing and fit their version of the story. An expert in handwriting examination to review medical records in the case and compare the handwriting of the nurse in question and the attending physician.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. What factors would you consider when comparing handwriting in medical records?
Expert Witness Response E-332664
I am an expert in handwriting examination and document analysis. To determine if the records have been altered in any way, I need to see the original records for examination and comparison. I would compare any suspects handwriting with the questioned handwriting to determine authorship. I would also need handwriting samples from the same period of time, written with the same type of instruments. I have worked on multiple cases over the last 10 years.