What is a Legal Nurse Consultant?
A Legal Nurse Consultant is a registered nurse who uses existing expertise
as a healthcare professional plus specialized training to consult on medical-related cases. Few attorneys know how to read medical
records or understand the terminology and subtleties of healthcare issues to achieve the best results for their clients. A Legal
Nurse Consultant bridges the attorney's knowledge. While the attorney is the expert on the legal issues, the Legal Nurse Consultant
is the expert on nursing, the healthcare system and its inner workings.
According to The Houston Chronicle,
"Of the approximately 1,162,124 attorneys in practice today, 25 percent of them deal with mediacl malpractice and personal injury
cases." These attorneys rely on specially trained Legal Nurse Consultant to help them win their cases.
Types of Clients
Who benefit from a Legal Nurse Consultant:
* Attorneys (Plaintiff and Defense)
* Insurance Companies
* Other Legal Nurse Consultants (Plaintiff and Defense)
* Government Agencies
* Private Corporations (e.g.,
for developing corporate strategies for
quality assurance, risk identification and management, evaluation
and control of loss exposure)
* Patients and their families