Legal Nurse Consultants

Legal Nurse Consultant

a legal nurse consultant is to analyze the available information and provide an informed option about the quality of medical care given and the outcome that resulted from that care.

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A major employer of LNCs is law offices. Legal nurse consultants use their healthcare knowledge and experience to help attorney litigate medical-based cases like personal injury, product liability, and medical malpractice. An LNC working for a lawyer may be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Analyzing, organizing, and summarizing medical documentation
  • Searching for medical literature and relevant health documents
  • Finding and speaking with experts
  • Acting as a go-between for attorneys and healthcare professionals
  • Developing or acquiring evidence that pertains to the case such as affidavits, interview questions and answers, and medication submissions
  • Attending and participating in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and depositions
  • Screening medical-legal cases for litigation potential or defensibility

The amount of freedom a legal nurse consultant will have in his or her work depends on the employer. Some attorney offices give LNCs a lot of latitude to do their jobs while others tend to micromanage.


LNCs can work for attorney offices as an independent contractor or sign on as a full-time employee. As employees, they are typically paid a salary and given benefits like health insurance. They also enjoy working standard business hours, though evening and weekend hours may be required for major cases and heavy case loads.

 

Is Legal Nursing The Right Career For You?

A career as a legal nurse consultant can be challenging and rewarding, but it’s not for everyone. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if this career field is for you...