The position of a legal nurse consultant is employed primarily by insurance companies. Most companies in this industry require applicants to be registered nurses (RNs) and prefer those who have several years of clinical experience; some companies may search specifically for RNs who have worked in other departments of the hospital, such as the emergency room. Some companies prefer applicants who have legal certificates or paralegal training. Nurses with previous experience in case management or other legal matters are also preferred.
Legal nurse consultants must be familiar with case analysis and medical chronology. The job is performed mostly indoors, but can involve a small amount of travel. Those in this position provide support to litigation teams which examine medical cases and often look into case files to examine medical records, disability records, employment, x-rays, and other information to help the team reach a conclusion. They will need to prepare summaries of both analyzed records and medical chronologies, and also research medical literature and prepare questions and inquiries to help analyze the case.
Legal nurse consultants may occasionally be asked to recommend other medical professionals and/or decide for legal reasons if conditions are pre-existing. These consultants should have excellent communication skills to work closely with multiple litigation teams, such as those of medical malpractice and worker's compensation.
Legal Nurse Consultant Tasks
Create summaries, reports, and invoices to document recommendations and hours.
Review, analyze, understand, and make recommendations about health records.
Prepare visualizations and graphs for trials.
Collect, organize, audit, and maintain records for legal purposes.
Instruct people about standards of care, potential causality and risks.