A Legal Nurse Consultant is medical part of a legal team. These nurses serve as the medical expert in legal cases, helping attorneys and other legal professionals interpret records and charts, understand medical terminology and consult with them on healthcare-related topics. As a Legal Nurse Consultant, you can also work with insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, clinics and government agencies, either as an employee or on a contractual basis. Your nursing background could be anything from emergency to hospital administration, working in private practices or community clinics. This varied experience is part of what makes you an invaluable asset during legal cases.
Things You'll Do:
- Medical record research
- Identifying medical standards of care
- Testify as an expert witness in court proceedings involving worker's compensation, malpractice, fraud, abuse and other medical matters
Your job characteristics:
Get YourAssociate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Pass YourNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
Work as a Registered Nurse for five years, and then get at least two years experience in legal nursing.
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Get YourLegal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) by the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB)
This certification is recognized by the American Association of Legal Nursing Consultants (AALNC), is accredited by the American Board of Nurse Specialists (ABNS) and lets you work in the following areas: medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, workers' compensation, risk management, life care planning, administrative health law, elder law and criminal/forensic.
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- Law firms
- Insurance companies
How Much You
an average salary of$49K - $64Kfind salary by state
What Else You
- Many consultants work for themselves on a contract basis with companies, hospitals and law firms. This allows them to have a flexible schedules and work environment.