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Role of the Legal Nurse Consultant

The primary role of the legal nurse consultant is to evaluate, analyze, and render informed opinions of the delivery of health care and the resulting outcomes.  The parameter of the LNC may include, but are not limited to: 
  • Educating attorneys and others involved in the legal process concerning healthcare facts and issues of a case or claim
  • Reviewing, summarizing and analyzing medical records and other pertinent documents and comparing and correlating them to the allegations
  • Assessing issues of damages and causation
  • Identifying, locating, evaluating, and conferring with expert witnesses
  • Facilitating communications and thus strategizing with the legal professional for successful resolutions between parties involved in healthcare related litigation or other medical-legal or health care-legal matters
  • Interviewing witnesses and parties pertinent to the health care issues in collaboration with legal professionals
  • Developing collaborative case strategies with those practicing within the legal system
  • Providing support during discovery, depositions, trial, and other legal proceedings

Adapted from: Legal Nurse Consultants: Principles and Practices, JB Bogart, Ed, p.17

The Practice Environment for the Legal Nurse Consultant
The legal nurse consultant practices his or her specialty in a variety of settings including:
  • Law firms
  • Government offices
  • Insurance companies
  • Hospital risk management departments
  • As self-employed practitioners
  • Acting as a liaison between the legal and health care communities, the legal nurse consultant provides consultation and education to legal, healthcare and other professionals in areas such as:
    • Personal injury
    • Products liability
    • Medical malpractice
    • Workers compensation,
    • Toxic torts
    • Risk management
    • Medical and nursing licensure investigations
    • Criminal law

To find a Legal Nurse Consultant, click on Members List below: