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A legal nurse consultant (LNC) is a registered nurse who uses their expertise as a health care provider with specialized legal training to consult on medical-related cases. We bridge the gap in an attorney’s knowledge…an attorney is an expert on legal issues while an LNC is an expert on nursing and the healthcare system. Our responsibility is to evaluate, analyze, and deliver opinions on healthcare-related legal cases. An LNC screens cases for merit, assists with discovery, conducts medical/literature research, reviews medical records, identifies standards of care (and breaches/adherences to those standards), creates demonstrative evidence and deposition/trial questions, identifies and procures testifying experts (or acts as one themselves), and attends Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs).
No. It’s a short-sighted decision to have your legal team review the medical records. They’ll never duplicate our medical knowledge. They’ll never duplicate our years of training and clinical experience. They’ll never duplicate our ability to uncover and decipher elusive medical and forensic details and their relevance to your case. Lose these details…Lose your edge…Lose your ability to triumph over opposing counsel.
Bad things happen in medicine and criminal law, but have you uncovered all the facts to win your case? In 65% of our plaintiff and defense case screenings, we discover hidden medical issues, contributory negligence, preexisting conditions, or forensic information that cause an attorney to change their strategy. Our commitment is to uncover the “good, bad, and ugly” so you have a crystal-clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
Is there a medical reason that your client failed their Field Sobriety Test? Do the location and depth of the bullet wounds support the victim’s testimony? Do the rape kit results help or hurt your client’s case? Criminal defense cases can include child abuse and neglect, DUI, domestic violence, sexual assault, dependency, serious harm, or attempted murder. Our experienced team of forensic nurses can review and analyze the medical records to understand the story and determine if the records support or refute the state or federal claim.
It makes sense to hire an outside resource on a case-by-case basis whenever you need comprehensive case development, life care planning, procurement of testifying experts, forensic analysis of rape kit/injuries/gunshot wounds, damages assessment, audit trail investigation, or a nurse advocate to attend an Independent Medical Examination (IME).
Efficiency is critical in the litigation world. Every minute that your paralegal and legal assistant spend combing through medical records, searching for the best testifying expert, or attending an Independent Medical Exam (IME) with your client are crucial moments that must be dedicated to the legal aspects of your case. Those moments will make the difference between winning and losing your case.
No. LNCs can service attorneys across the United States. Our consulting services are available through a variety of communication channels such as telephone, email, and video conferencing. In some cases, the LNC can be available in person, such as during deposition or trial.
No. Legal Nurse Consultants work behind-the-scenes. The work product is protected by attorney-client privilege. The LNCs work product will only become discoverable if they are converted to an expert witness on the case.
Yes, in most cases the work of the LNC is billable to the client.
Each case is assessed for conflicts of interest and no member of the Trifecta Team will accept a case if conflicts exist. LNCs base their analysis on factual medical evidence and these facts are supported by standards of care, medical research, and forensic data.