Legal Nurse Consultant & Expert Witnesses
Because of their extensive knowledge and experience in the medical field, legal nursing consultants can also serve as expert witnesses on cases that fall within their nursing specialty. Typically, nurses who do this type of work have advanced degrees, certifications, and years of experience in their field.
Expert witnesses review and analyze the available medical documentation and then provide an informed opinion about the standards of care and the results of that care. They may give verbal testimony in a courtroom or they may write reports that will be submitted as evidence in the cases. Nurses that choose this specialty must be able to communicate clearly orally and in writing, explain medical terms and concepts using words the average person can understand, and conform to the evidence-based standards to educate relevant parties about the medical parts of the case.