Nurse Consultant Division
What is a legal nurse consultant?
A legal nurse consultant (LNC) is a licensed registered
nurse who performs a critical analysis of healthcare
facts and issues and their outcomes for the legal
profession, healthcare professions, and others, as
appropriate. With a strong educational and experiential
background, the legal nurse consultant is qualified
to assess adherence to standards of healthcare practice
as it applies to the nursing and healthcare professions.
Some of the activities LNCs may perform include:
- identify standards of care, causation, and damage
- conduct client interviews; research and summarize
- 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 strengths and weaknesses
- organize medical records
- assist with depositions and trials
- identify regulatory requirements
- act as a liaison between attorneys, physicians,
Where do legal nurse consultants practice?
LNCs practice in a variety of settings including law
firms (plaintiff and defense), independent practice,
insurance companies, government offices, and risk
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 cases.
For more information about the specialty practice
of legal nurse consulting, please visit the web site
for our professional nursing organization, the American
Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, at www.aalnc.org.
[Information about Legal Nurse Consulting was
adapted from “What is a Legal Nurse Consultant?”
published by the American Association of Legal Nurse
Consultants, 2001. The definition of a legal nurse
consultant can also be found in the bylaws of the
LNC Section of the WVBA, Article III, Section I.]