What is a Legal Nurse Consultant?
A Legal Nurse Consultant is a licensed, registered nurse who performs a critical analysis of clinical and administrative nursing practice, healthcare facts and issues and their outcomes for the legal profession, healthcare professions, consumers of healthcare and legal services, and others as appropriate. With a strong educational and experiential foundation, the legal nurse consultant is qualified to assess adherence to standards and guidelines of healthcare practice as it applies to the nursing and healthcare professions.
What does LNCC mean?
LNCC stands for Legal Nurse Consultant Certified. It is the designation given to nurses that have met explicit criteria and passed an exam specified by the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board.
Does it matter if the LNC is credentialed?
There are many nursing sub-specialties and as with many clinical nursing credentials the LNCC credential is designed for those who have demonstrated experience and knowledge in the specialty. LNCC is the only legal nurse consultant credential recognized by the AALNC and accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties.
I have my para-legal organize and summarize my medical records, or I do it myself. Why is it important to have a Legal Nurse Consultant do this?
As licensed registered nurses, legal nurse consultants bring specialized healthcare education and clinical experience to the medically related issues of the litigation process. This education and experience distinguishes legal nurse consultants from paralegals and legal assistants and provides the foundation for the legal nurse consultant’s ability to recognize, interpret and analyze all relevant medically related information in a claim or case.
Who employs Legal Nurse Consultants?
Legal Nurse Consultants primarily work with defense and plaintiff attorneys, and insurance companies.
Do you work with injured patients who are not represented by attorneys?
No. We only work with attorneys, insurance companies and healthcare facilities.
Why should an attorney use a Legal Nurse Consultant rather than a physician to screen a case?
Physicians may effectively provide some of the same services that Legal Nurse Consultants provide. However, hiring a Legal Nurse Consultant is much more cost-effective. A physician may charge between $250 and $800 per hour to initially screen a case. That is extremely expensive, especially when a large part of that time is spent organizing medical records and researching issues.
You are better off allowing a Legal Nurse Consultant to do those tasks so that you can better allocate your resources to physicians only on those cases where it is necessary and only at the time in the case when it becomes appropriate. Don’t forget many medical cases that are reviewed fail to meet the criteria necessary to prove the case. Why spend a fortune for a physician to tell you that?
Additionally, Med-Law Connection offers ancillary services that most physicians and other agencies do not provide, such as Life Care Plans, assistance with Medicare Set-Aside Allocations, Medical Expert Location services and Exhibit Preparation for trial.