Legal Nurse Consultant & Life Care Planning
People that suffer permanent disabilities due to medical malpractice or personal injury typically require long-term care. LNCs work with attorneys to develop a life care plan for these people that provides for their medical, psychological, social, and other needs in the future. Life care plans are used in a number of ways including financial planning, medical-legal litigation, long-term care management, and insurance reserve setting.
Legal nurse consultants that want to do this kind of work should have a background in disability management or rehabilitation. Specialized training in developing life plans is also recommended. Like other medical professions, LCNs can earn credentials in this specialty including the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, Certified Disability Management Specialist, Certified Case Manager, and Certified Life Care Planner.
Generally, legal nurse consultants in this field testify in court or at depositions. The purpose of their testimonies is to explain why long-term care is needed and to justify the cost. This typically involves educating the court about the nature of the disability and what the person needs to help maintain his or her quality of life.