Legal Nurse Consultant & Attorneys
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.