Nurse Consultant is a licensed registered nurse who
performs a critical analysis of health care facts and issues
and their outcomes
for the legal profession, health care professional, and others, as
appropriate. With a strong educational and experiential background,
the legal nurse consultant is qualified to assess adherence to standards
of health care practice as it applies to nursing and health care
Nurse Consultant practices the art and science of his
or her nursing specialty in a variety of settings, including
law firms, government offices, insurance companies, hospital
departments, and as self-employed practitioners. The legal nurse
consultant is a liaison between the legal and health care communities
and provides consultation and education to legal, health care, and
appropriate other professional in areas such as personal injury,
product liability, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation,
toxic torts, risk management, medical professional licensure investigation,
and criminal law.
of legal nurse consulting practice may include:
communications and thus strategizing with the legal professional
for successful resolutions between parties involved
in health care-related litigation or other medical-legal or
health care-legal matters.
attorneys and/or others involved in the legal process regarding
the health care facts and issues of a case or a claim.
and integrating health care and nursing literature as it relates
to the health care facts and issues of a case or a claim.
summarizing, and analyzing medical records and other pertinent
health care and legal documents and comparing and correlating
them to the allegations.
issues of damages and causation relative to liability within
the legal process.
locating, evaluating, and conferring with expert witnesses.
witnesses and parties pertinent to the health care issues in
collaboration with legal professionals.
legal documentations in medically related cases under the supervision
of an attorney.
collaborative case strategies with those practicing within the
support during discovery, depositions, trial and other legal
the process of adjudication of legal claims.
* From: "Legal
Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practice" (1st ed.),
(1998), Boca Raton: CRC Press