LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT
What are they and what do they do?
A legal nurse consultant (LNC) is a registered nurse who uses expertise as a health care provider and specialized training to consult on medical-related legal cases.
LNCs assist attorneys in reading medical records and understanding medical terminology and healthcare issues to achieve the best results for their clients.
An LNC bridges gaps in the attorney's knowledge. While the attorney is the expert on legal issues, the LNC is the expert on nursing and the health care system.
A Legal Nurse Consultant:
Screens cases for merit Assists with discovery Conducts the existing literature and medical research Reviews medical records Identifies standards of care Prepares reports and summaries as to the extent of injury or illness Creates demonstrative evidence Locates or acts as an expert witnesses
Legal nurse consultants act as a specialized members of the litigation team whose professional contributions are often critical to achieving a fair and just outcome for all parties.
A LNC differs from a paralegal in that a paralegal assists attorneys in the delivery of legal services and frequently requires a legal education. A legal nurse consultant is defined as a specialty practice of nursing noting that the professional foundation of nursing is first and foremost.
While many legal nurse consultants have acquired knowledge of the legal system, legal education is not a prerequisite to the practice of legal nurse consulting. A legal nurse consultant uses existing expertise as a health care professional to consult and educate clients on specific medical and nursing issues in their cases.
A legal nurse consultant can be an crucial link in successfully litigating these cases:
Medical and Nursing Malpractice - Involving professional negligence of a healthcare provider, facility, or learning institution.
General Negligence - Non-professional negligence - personal injury such as "slip and fall", aviation, auto accident, liquor liability, railroad, maritime, sports injuries, as well as many others.
Products Liability - Involving manufacturers and sellers of defective products; everything from pacemakers, to knees, to implants.
Drug Liability - Adverse events relating to presecription and non-prescription drugs.
Toxic Torts and Environmental - Release of toxins such as asbestos, radiation, hazardous chemicals or waste, pesticides, second-hand smoke, lead poisoning,
oil spills, sick building syndrome, and electromagnetic fields.
Worker's Compensation - work related injuries.
Criminal Cases Involving - DUI or DWI, child, spousal, or elder abuse; sexual or physical assault, violent crime, excessive
force by police, psychiatric defenses.
Criminal Charges Against - Individual providers, institutions, environmental criminal charges.
Access To Care Issues
School Health Issues
Americans With Disabilities (ADA) Cases
Sexual Harrassment Cases
Cases Involving Right-To-Die or Living Wills
Psychiatrist or Therapist Injury or Abuse Cases
Few attorneys know how to read medical records or understand the terminology and subtlties of healthcare issues to achieve the best results for their clients.
When it comes to personal injury and medical malpractice cases; having both an attorney and a LNC
on your side will utlimately give you the best chance for a favorable outcome.
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