32 Services Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Provide to Attorneys
Certified Legal Nurse Consultants apply their knowledge and understanding of medical, nursing and health-related issues to make an attorney's job easier, more efficient and more effective.
The CLNC® consultant is a medical insider who knows the inner workings of our complicated healthcare system firsthand. As a professional, the role of the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is to educate attorney-clients about the medical aspects of their cases. Their expertise as RNs and legal nurse consultants qualifies them to provide the following CLNC® services:
Assess Medical Records and Analyze the Case
- Identify and review relevant medical records, hospital policies and procedures, other essential documents and tangible items.
- Organize, tab and paginate medical records.
- Summarize, translate and interpret medical records.
- Prepare chronologies of the medical events involved in a case.
- Screen or investigate cases for merit.
- Define the applicable standards of care.
- Define deviations from, and adherences to, the applicable standards of care.
- Assess the alleged damages and/or injuries.
- Identify factors that caused or contributed to the alleged damages and/or injuries.
- Identify and recommend potential defendants.
- Identify issues of tampering with the medical records.
- Develop written reports for use as study tools by the attorney.
Support the Attorney's Case
- Conduct literature searches and integrate the literature and standards/guidelines into the case analysis.
- Research and analyze the validity of research studies relied on by all parties.
- Coordinate and attend independent medical examinations (IMEs).
- Develop life care plans.
- Expand the attorney's medical library.
Serve as the Attorney's Liaison
- Interview plaintiff and defense clients, key witnesses and experts.
- Consult with healthcare providers.
- Serve as liaison between the attorney and healthcare providers, testifying experts, parties, witnesses and other consultants.
Work with Experts and Other Witnesses
- Locate and interface with expert witnesses.
- Communicate with potential testifying experts.
- Analyze and compare expert witness reports and other work products.
- Help prepare witnesses and experts for deposition and trial.
- Serve as an expert witness and testify to the nursing standard of care.
Assist with Discovery and Preparation for Court
- Prepare deposition and trial questions.
- Prepare interrogatories.
- Review and draft responses to various legal documents and correspondence for the attorney's signature.
- Review, analyze and summarize depositions, including past testimony.
- Assist in exhibit preparation.
- Attend depositions, trials, review panels and arbitration and mediation hearings.
- Coordinate and assist in facilitating focus groups and mock trials.
- Assist in resolution of cases through alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation.