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Gail N. Friend

Gail N. Friend

EXPERIENCED NURSE ATTORNEY for Patients, Providers & Practitioners
  • Health Care Law, Personal Injury, Appeals & Appellate ...
  • Certification American Board Professional Liability Attorneys, Texas
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Gail Friend is a masters prepared RN who realized how progressive infiltration of the law was altering clinical practice, and health care delivery. She entered South Texas College of Law, graduated cum laude with Order of Lyte honors and was offered employment with an internationally recognized law firm, (currently Rose Norton Fulbright). Eventually she became a partner in Friend & Associates where she continues to successfully practice health care risk management consulting, medical malpractice and administrative health law in Texas. She has represented nurses, physicians, facilities/entities in medical malpractice, OIG investigations, peer review proceedings, before licensing boards and agencies.

has successfully represented injured patients, during a time that research data substantiates increasing patient injuries due to health care system errors. Her underlying goal is to preserve and protect nurses and practitioners’ ability to competently practice in a convoluted system that is legally evaluated by its ability to prevent errors, patient complications and injures.

University of Texas - Austin
M.S. Nursing-Healthcare Administration
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South Texas College of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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Professional Experience
Friend & Associates
Articles & Publications
A Litigator's Perspective
Confidentiality of Health Care Information in the Computer Age
Firm case citations in O'Connor's, Texas Rules and Civil Trials, And Texas Civil Appeals, 2002–. present
Identifying and Protecting the Peer Review and Medical Committee Privileges,
The New Rules of Show and Tell
'Nursing Today and Tomorrow,' Today's Nurse, The Health Channel, April 1999
Major Litigation Considerations for Risk Management,' Hospital Management International, 1999
49 Baylor Law Review, 607, 1997
Journal of Health Care Risk Management, Summer 1995
The Anatomy of EMTALA: A Litigator's Guide,' St. Mary's Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 3, 463, 1994
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Who's Who
Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas  # 07474700
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Certification American Board Professional Liability Attorneys
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State Bar of Texas
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  • Free Consultation
    Initial Consultation Free
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fees are offered if medical malpractice claims are accepted Otherwise arrangement for payment is individualized.
Practice Areas
Health Care Law
Personal Injury
Brain Injury, Wrongful Death
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals
Elder Law
Nursing Home Abuse
Additional Practice Areas
  • Governing Body Peer Review Process
  • Healthcare Quality Risk Management
  • Licensing Board Representation-Nurse, Ancillary Practitioner
  • Management Legal Consulting
Legal Answers
Q. I had hip replacement surgery with a resultant estimated 700 cc hematoma and was only placed on baby aspirin post op.
A: Being that you have clinical knowledge and have already reached opinions about the medical care, to make sure you are within the statute of limitations for filing suit -- ABSOLUTELY, seek out an attorney who has proven experience with OB cases... they are generally located in large cities where medical centers are located. Most medical malpractice attorneys handle them on contingency fee with a free initial consultation. During that consultation bring your evidence of wrong doing. Remember, violations of standards (wrong doing) alone is not sufficient for filing a lawsuit, the wrong doing must have a factual chain of events that directly lead to injury. ALSO obtain, give the attorney the benefit of your knowledge when interpreting the records. That may speed up decision making. ... Read More
Q. Do I have a case?
A: Based on the information you provided, your injuries occurred 8 months ago, due to trauma significant enough to fracture bones in both extremities, complicated by infection. What you did not provide is information about your underlying medical conditions, and prior medical history. We also have to assume that the physician you named is an orthopedic specialist. You are concerned that he is changing his mind and you are still suffering from the trauma.

Bilateral lower extremity traumatic fractures are very difficult injuries even to health young athletes. We can not speculate as to why your physician is fluctuating but in part your explanation ties it to potential complications and need to prevent additional complications. ... Read More
Q. I passed out in a hospital and fell and broke my hip. They said not a surgical candidate. Sent me to a nursing home.
A: Since this message indicates You are in Texas; you may call Nurse Attorney Gail Friend at Friend & Associates as there are medical issues involved in your question. That is, expedited treatment of a fractured hip is the usual standard, Unless you were in the hospital because of underlying serious advanced illness. Suggest that you talk with a medical malpractice attorney who is also able to address medical issues, such as Friend & Associates at 713-256-6524 .
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Contact & Map
Friend & Associates
HOUSTON, TX 77096-2503
Telephone: (713) 650-0024
Fax: (713) 650-7100
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed