Legal Nurse Consultant Qualifications
- A strong background in medical-legal consulting and solid clinical experience.
- Nursing education and other medical-related education
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- A demonstrated commitment to the field through involvement in national and local professional organizations
Why Hire an MRA Consultant?
Because of the expertise in medical issues our associates can bring the following benefits:
- KNOWLEDGE; a network of medical and professional contacts
- EXPERIENCE; clinical experience which includes interpretation of medical records, documents, and medical-legal issues
- COST-EFFICIENCY; can select a viable case and maximize it’s value or, alternatively, assist in defending the case by mitigating or obliterating the liability or damage issues and award”
What Does a Legal Nurse Do?
In the course of their work, a consultant may be involved in any of the following:
- Maintain the confidentiality of your practice
- Conduct client interviews
- Identify standards of care, causation, and damage issues
- Conduct research and summarize literature
- Help to determine the merits of the case
- Prepare chronologies of medical events and compare and correlate them to allegations
- Educate attorneys regarding medical facts and issues relevant to the case
- Assist with depositions and preparing exhibits
- Organize medical records and other medically related litigation materials
- Identify and retain expert witnesses
Where Does a Consultant Practice?
An associate can practice in a variety of law-related and healthcare settings and can work for both plaintiff and defense capacities in any of these areas:
- Law firms
- Independent practice
- Insurance Companies
- Government offices
Assessing Medical Records and Analyzing the Case
- Identify, locate, review and interpret relevant medical records, hospital policy and procedures, other documents and tangible items Organize, tab and paginate medical records for easy reference.
- Prepare chronologies of the medical events involved in a case.
- Summarize, translate and interpret medical records to enhance the attorney’s understanding of healthcare issue.
- Identify issues of tampering with the medical records.
- Screen medical malpractice cases for merit Identify, locate, summarize, and interpret applicable Standards of Care and help attorneys identify adherence to and deviations from these standards.
- Identify causation issues, assess damages/injuries and identify contributing factors.
- Identify and recommend potential defendants.
Develop written reports for the attorney’s use as study tools.