FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is a legal nurse consultant (LNC)?
Legal nurse consulting
is a specialty practice of nursing. The primary role of the LNC
is to evaluate, analyze, and render informed opinions on the delivery
of health care and the resulting outcomes. LNCs have been assisting
attorneys with the medical related aspects of cases for about
20 years. LNCs practice in both plaintiff and defense capacities
in a variety of settings: law firms, independent practice, insurance
companies, government offices, and risk management departments.
What do legal nurse consultants do?
Some of the activities
LNCs may perform include: identify standards of care, causation,
and damage issues; conduct client interviews; research and summarize
medical literature; prepare chronologies of medical events and
compare and correlate them to the allegations; educate attorneys
regarding medical facts and issues relevant to the case; locate,
retain, and confer with expert witnesses; initial case screening
for merit; organize medical records; assist with depositions and
trials; identify regulatory requirements; and act as a liaison
between attorneys, physicians, and clients.
What types of cases need an LNC?
LNCs provide support
in medically-related litigation and other medical-legal matters
in the following areas: medical negligence or malpractice; personal
injury; product liability; toxic torts; worker’s compensation;
risk management; medical licensure investigation; fraud, abuse
and compliance issues; criminal law; elder law; and other applicable
4. How can I find out more information about legal
Access the website
for our national organization, The American Association of Legal
Nurse Consultants (AALNC) at www.aalnc.org
5. How can I join a local chapter?
Please click on
the “How to Join” button at the top of the screen for information
regarding membership in the Southern West Virginia Chapter of
AALNC. Membership in the national organization is required for
members joining at the local chapter level. For information about
chapters in other states, access the website for AALNC at www.aalnc.org
How can I become certified as an LNC?
is available to LNCs through the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified
(LNCC) program. LNCC certification is similar to clinical certification,
and the program is accredited by the American Board of Nursing
Specialities. The LNC who achieves this credential has met experience
and education requirements, passed the certification exam, and
is committed to this nursing specialty. For more information
about LNCC certification, access the website for our national
organization at www.aalnc.org
and click on the link for certification.
Who can I contact for more information about the local
questions or information regarding meeting locations, contact
Carol Hart, Membership Committee
Chair at CHLegalNurse@verizon.net. For
all other questions, contact Tonja Parsons, Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
provided about Legal Nurse Consulting was adapted from “What is
a Legal Nurse Consultant?” published by the American Association
of Legal Nurse Consultants, 2001.]