How Legal Nurse Consultants Help as An Expert Witness
The Nurse (CLNC) as an Expert Witness
The legal sector and the medical field often overlap, such as during medical malpractice cases. Since most stakeholders in the legal industry are not always familiar with medical terms and provisions, they often hire Certified Legal Nurse Consultants as expert witnesses.
The special terminologies used are hard to understand for most people, including attorneys and other legal experts. Therefore, legal nurse consultants work as expert witnesses to help in translating medical terminologies during court cases that involve medical aspects. The consultants help to bridge the gap between the medical and legal sectors.
Reasons for hiring Legal Nurse Consultants.
The experts have medical and clinical expertise. Usually, most of the consultants start working after gaining years of experience in nursing. Therefore, they have extensive experience when it comes to the interpretation of medical records and literature.
A nurse’s education and experience in dealing with ill and injured people enhance their abilities as expert witnesses. Even if an attorney handles medical-related cases, each case can be different in many ways.
As a result, legal experts may have a hard time trying to understand the medical terminologies associated with their current cases. Reviewing medical records during a court case is a time-consuming process and impossible for those inexperienced in the sector.
CLNC’s can easily note any missing documents, identify inconsistencies in medical records, and providing a comprehensive summary of medical issues. When you hire a legal nurse consultant, you will benefit from their relevant experience in the medical and legal field.
One of the main reasons why legal practitioners and insurance firms hire legal nurse practitioners is their thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and medical treatments.
These consultants are knowledgeable about several areas that can help in advancing your medical-related cases. One of the primary duties of a legal nurse consultant is evaluating medical-related cases for merit. For example, the experts can evaluate whether or not a case is ripe for litigation and determining its defensibility.
- A legal nurse consultant can help to evaluate the delivery of healthcare after checking medical records. They will evaluate whether or not the health condition at issue was due to failure to meet the expected standard of care. For example, the CLNC can provide a comprehensive report that points out medical issues with treatment and deviations from the required standards of care.
- Insurance firms also hire legal nurse consultants to help in determining the proximate cause. The experts can identify factors that caused and contributed to the alleged injuries after reviewing and summarizing medical and nursing literature.
- Another important role of legal nursing consultants is in assessing damages. The experts are knowledgeable about the elements of viable medial cases. This helps to save attorneys time, money, and energy needed for the work.
The experience that our consultants have in the medical field enables them to distinguish any pre-existing medical conditions from those that arise from specific events.
Additionally, once they have reviewed the medical records, our consultants can help you understand the ramifications of injuries and illnesses and identifying additional plaintiffs and defendants in a lawsuit.
Our team of expert witnesses includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing administrators, nursing supervisors, nurse educators, and legal nurse consultants who practice in the fields of critical care nursing, neurological nursing, nursing home administration, surgical nursing, general hospital nursing, emergency nursing, operating room nursing, pain management nursing, practical nursing, pediatric nursing, geriatric nursing, certified wound care nurses, ICD 10 Coding Specialists as well as a team of therapy associates (PT, OT, and MSW) and radiology nursing.