Legal Nurse Consulting             

A registered nurse-owned medical-legal advisory service   


THE VALUE OF THE LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Because of the LNC's experience in medical issues, they can bring the following benefits to the litigation process:

COST-EFFECTIVE - The LNC critically analyses the medical issues in a case and helps the attorneys select and manage cases. Many cases can be either rejected quickly or settled in a reasonable amount of time by using the resources and knowledge of an LNC.


RESOURCEFULNESS - The LNC has access to a national network of medical and professional resources and contacts. The LNC is well versed in the use of medical libraries, medical equipment, internet research, and other resources.


KNOWLEDGE - The LNC has a thorough understanding of medical issues and trends involved in the entire litigation process. The LNC "speaks the language" of physicians, other healthcare providers, attorneys and patients.


EXPERIENCE - A strong broad-based clinical experience, which includes the ability to interpret medical records, documents, and health science literature. A background in Legal Nurse Consulting.


CHARACTERISTICS OF A SUCCESSFUL LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT

An LNC can bring the following attributes to the litigation team:

PROFESSIONALISM - Strong work ethic and willingness to accept responsibility for seeing projects through to their conclusion; ability to work independently with minimal supervision and direction; and unquestionable ethics.


EDUCATION - A professional Registered Nurse degree from an accredited nursing school; a college level certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant and other medical-legal continuing education coursework.


SKILLS - Good analytical skills; ability to express opinions logically and coherently; excellent writing skills and communication; teaching and interpersonal skills; organizational skills and the ability to prioritize pending work projects; strong problem-solving skills.


INVOLVEMENT - A demonstrated commitment to the LNC profession and other nursing specialties through involvement in local and national nursing and medical-legal organizations.


SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE - Working knowledge of the laws and rules applicable to medical malpractice, products liability and other personal injury cases; proficiency in computerized medical literature searches; proficiency in computer programs such as Excel, Word, Power Point and Acrobat, and in the use of the internet to conduct background searches and inquiries.