"The primary role of the legal nurse consultant is to evaluate, analyze and render informed opinions on the delivery of health care and the resulting outcomes. Distinct from the paralegal or legal assistant, the legal nurse consultant brings specialized education and clinical experience to the medically related issues of the litigation process" (Weishapple, "Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting", 2001, p 5).
Legal nurse consultants may assist in the cost-effective delivery of legal services by: - Reviewing and interpreting medical records - Rendering initial opinions (especially in health care liability cases where healthcare standards are involved) - Acting as liaison among attorneys, clients and medical specialists - Educating attorneys about the medical and pharmacological issues in legal claims - Assessing medical damages (past and future) - Researching medical literature.
Many legal nurse consultants routinely draft litigation documents, research legal and medical issues, prepare trial exhibits, and summarize medical-legal documents. Nurses are diligent workers, who pay keen attention to detail and organization.
I am interested in applying my background and experience to help you better understand the medical aspects of your clients' cases and thus enhance the legal services you provide them. A few of the ways in which I can do this is through record summaries, time lines, stardard of care reviews and pursuing various medical aspects of the case. I also have an extensive network of medical and nursing associates whose experience I may draw upon. This includes individuals with long term care experience and life care planners among others.