What Is a Legal Nurse Consultant?
A legal nurse consultant is a registered nurse who uses existing expertise as a healthcare professional plus specialized training to consult on medical-related cases at fees of $100-$150/hour. Few attorneys know how to read medical records or understand the terminology and subtleties of healthcare issues to achieve the best results for their clients. A legal nurse consultant bridges that gap in the attorney’s knowledge. While the attorney is the expert on legal issues, the legal nurse consultant is the expert on nursing, the healthcare system and its inner workings.
According to the Houston Chronicle, “Of the approximately 900,000* attorneys in practice today, 25 percent deal with medical malpractice and personal injury cases.” These attorneys rely on specially trained legal nurse consultants to help them win their cases.
Who are Legal Nurse Consultants?
Legal nurse consultants live all over the U.S., rural or urban. Legal nurse consultants have consulted on cases as simple as a neck injury caused by an auto accident, as high-profile as the Rodney King case and as groundbreaking as Fen-Phen, Vioxx,...