By Maureen Leddy –
Lewisville, Texas, attorney and AAJ member Colleen Carboy, whose first career was medical-surgical nursing, didn’t hesitate when she heard that hard-hit New York and New Jersey were suffering from health care worker shortages. With the support of her clients and opposing counsel, the sole practitioner put her cases on hold and reached out to a traveling nursing company to see how she could help. Carboy took a six-week assignment at a hospital in Englewood, N.J. The first few chaotic weeks were the toughest, Carboy said—resources were thin, and the nurses hardly had time to keep patients’ families updated. But Carboy, who just received AAJ’s Trial Lawyers Care award for 2020 for her efforts, was happy to help: “It would have been so much harder to stay home than to go and be busy during the crisis.”
Reprinted with permission of Trial® (August 2020). Copyright © 2020 American Association for Justice®, formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), www.justice.org/publications.