Certified Legal Nurse Consultant's Scope of Practice

  • The CLNC provides medical (consulting expert only) and nursing opinions as the expert on health, illness, and injury and on the inner workings of the health care system.
  • The attorney is the expert on the legal issues and the law governing the case.
  • The CLNC does not render legal advice.
  • The attorney serves as the advocate, the person who pleads and urges the cause of another.  The testifying expert should NEVER advocate a postion in a case.
  • The CLNC does not speak for the client, but rather represents and speaks for the nursing profession.  The client is not the focus, but may be the beneficiary of the CLNC's involvement in the case.
  • The CLNC provides education where needed.
  • The CLNC's services are utilized by Attorney's Insurance Companies, Health Care Facilities, other CLNC's and medical-legal consultants, Governmental agencies, and private corporations.

The CLNC's impact of the Legal System

  • CLNC's represent and speak for the nursing profession.
  • CLNC's uphold Standards of Care for the health care community by identifying meritorious cases and communicating deviations from recognized standards resulting on improved quality of care.
  • CLNC's help to assure that the legal system uses scientific, medical, and nursing information properly and without distortion.
  • CLNC's provide a cost-effective adjunct to the litigation process.
  • CLNC's promote justice.

Attorney Services Provided

  • Screen or investigate medical malpractice case for merit.
  • Define the applicable Standards of Care
  • Define deviations from the adherence to applicable Standards of Care.
  • Assess alleged damages/injuries.
  • Identify factors that contribute to alleged damages/injuries.
  • Organize, tab, and paginate medical records.
  • Identify and recommend potential defendants.
  • Identify and review relevant medical records, hospital policies and procedures, other essential documents, and tangible items.
  • Consult with health care providers.
  • Identify types of testifying experts needed.
  • Locate and interface with expert witnesses.
  • Prepare interrogatories.
  • Review and draft responses to legal documents/correspondence.
  • Assist with preparation of deposition, or trial examination questions.
  • Review, analyze, and summarize depositions, including past testimony.
  • Attend depositions, trials, review panels, and arbitration/mediation hearings.
  • Develop written reports for use, and study tools by the attorney.

Certified Legal Nurse Consultant's Objective

  • We are here to help save you time and money! Our objective is to help you spend more time on the legal issues while we spend more time on medical issues.

Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC)

  • Consults with attorney/client behind the scenes.
  • Preps the attorney and helps the attorney develop a case.
  • Provides review analysis.

Types of Cases

  • Medical and Nursing Malpractice
  • General Negligence
  • Toxic Torts and Environmental Cases
  • Worker's Compensation and Workplace Injury
  • Criminal
  • Any case where health, illness, or injury is an issue.

Medical Inservicing Available

Areas of Expertise

  • Medicare / Medicaid Fraud
  • Employee Law
  • Infection Control / OSHA
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care / Traumatic Injury
  • Catastrophic Auto Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Home Health Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Facility
  • Jail / Prison Health
  • Elder Abuse / Neglect / Exploitation
  • Utilization Review / Quality Improvement
  • Health Care Administration / Management

 

Certified Legal Nurse Consulting Rates

-Consulting Expert-

$120-$135 per hour
  • Dependent upon extent of case and statute of limitation

-Testifying Expert-

$160-minimun per hour
  • Fee to be negotiated if search is required

-Reasonable Expenses-
Expenses incurred in case development will be included.