A Legal Nurse Consultant is a Registered Nurse who uses their years of experience and education in the medical field to provide comprehensive reviews and analysis of medical records and medical-legal issues.
Legal Nurses can act as a fact witness or locate expert witnesses for testimony. Nurses receive advanced training in the area of medical record review and can provide valuable information to attorneys, insurance companies, government agencies, healthcare organizations, and other organizations.
Legal Nurse Consultants review and analyze medical records, detect tampering in medical records, offer assistance with or create demonstrative evidence, evaluate medical information, and provide professional nursing opinions regarding the causation of injuries and the assessment of damages to individuals.
Legal Nurse Consultants can interview witnesses under the direction of an attorney to help expose the truth in cases. Legal Nurse Consultants provide reports and other presentations to their client to help determine how to further find the truth in the case at hand. Legal Nurses can also recognize signs of tampering within the patients’ charts and records to cover up mistakes.
Why Do You Need A Legal Nurse Consultant?
An experienced nurse is most familiar with patient charting and can recognize errors or omissions in medical charts as nurses are responsible for the maintenance of medical records in the medical field. Because of this training and experience nurses can provide an in-depth and thorough analysis of a medically related case.
A Nurse Consultant can act as an advocate to provide medical assistance to review diagnoses and treatment options, accompany a patient to appointments, monitor the patient at the bedside in a hospital, or be a good choice for a healthcare proxy.
A Nurse Consultant can assist in developing, implementing and coordinating a medical care plan with health care providers as well as family, and monitor and evaluate treatment efficacy and cost. Health Insurance and other cost and billing issues can be very confusing. Nurse Consultants are available to help wade through the confusion of handling paperwork, insurance filings, denials of claims and insurance plan decision making.