What is a Legal Nurse Consultant?

What is a Legal Nurse Consultant

A Legal Nurse Consultant is a member of a legal team. The Legal Nurse has a vast knowledge acquired during years as a professional nurse with additional education and training combined with clinical experience to speak authoritatively about the evaluation of causation, standard of care, damages and other medical related issues in legal-medical claims or cases.

A deep and thorough understanding of the critical analysis of healthcare records and medical literature is the primary area of knowledge for the legal nurse consultant to assist in the resolution or evaluation of medical legal claims and cases.

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How is a Legal Nurse Consultant Different?

Beginning in the early 1980s, legal nurse consultants have provided needed strategies and collaboration with legal teams for support of medically related litigation and other legal matters involving health care including by not limited to:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Long-term care litigation
  • Elder Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Toxic Tort Law
  • Risk Management Law
  • Life Care Planning
  • Forensic Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Regulatory Compliance Law
  • Civil Rights Violations
  • Medicare Set-Aside Law
  • Employment Discrimination

The Legal Nurse Consultant’s training, education, experience and resourcefulness provided extensive clinical understanding and interpretation of a variety of medical legal arenas.

AALNC - American Association of Legal Nurse ConsultantsAdditionally, you should seek an LNC (Legal Nurse Consultant) that is professional trained and in good standing by an organization certified by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC).  Board certification is required for each AALNC member via an accredited LNCC program.  These certifications demonstrate the experience, knowledge and commitment the the Legal Nurse has achieved.  Also, the AALNC nonprofit organization assures specific guidelines for the enhancement of the nurses in a consulting arena within the legal field.


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