THE ATTORNEY'S BEST
The Legal Nurse Consultant provides
medical and nursing opinions as the expert on
health, illness and the health care system
|Screen or investigate medical malpractice cases for merit||Identify and review medical records for hospital and long term care Federal and State regulations|
|Define the applicable standards of care||Locate and interface with expert witnesses|
|Define deviations from and adherence to the standards of care||Interview clients, key witnesses and experts with lawyers present or with permission|
|Assess the damages/injuries||Identify types of testifying experts needed|
|Identify factors that cause or contribute to the alleged damages/injuries||Serve as liaison between the attorney, the health care providers and testifying experts|
|Summarize medical records, facts, diagnosis studies and procedures||When relevant, attend depositions, trials, review panels and arbitration and mediations hearings|
|Organize, tab and paginate medical records||Develop life care plans|
|Research literature. Integrate the findings and the standards of care into a case analysis|
WHY HIRE A LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT?
The major role of the legal nurse consultant is to educate jurors, attorneys, judges, plaintiff or defendant clients, laymen, resource consultants.
As a legal nurse consultant, I do not speak for the client, but rather represent and speak for the nursing profession. The client is not the focus, but may be the beneficiary of the LCN's involvement in the case. The deviations from nursing standards of care are often overlooked and not addressed and, therefore, not included in the alleged damages/injuries.
The LCN can save the attorney time and money by developing a strong case through investigation, research and case theme.
Reed, RN, BSN, CLNC
3612 Rock Creek Drive
Crowley, TX 76036
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