Legal Nurse Consultant

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CLNC stands for Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. Before a nurse can become a consultant, he or she must first become a registered nurse. After that training is completed, the registered nurse has to go through specific training to become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. A certified nurse's wages can reach as much as $150 per hour!

Specialized training includes:

  •  Legal Research
  •  Legal Analysis and Writing
  •  Legal Nurse Consulting
  •  Litigation and Trial Practice
  •  Personal Injury Law
The registered nurse has extensive medical education, years of medical experience, along with long period of time working both with patients and medical staff. Other important learning that has been added with the training in legal are:

  • Legal Terminology
  • Legal Theory
  • Insight into Legal Procedures
Once a registered nurse has been certified as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, he/she has the skills to handle these legal matters.

Skills include:

  •  Collect and Organize Legal Research
  •  Prepare and Interpret Legal Documentation
  •  Interview Clients
  •  Assist with Investigations
Besides being a specialist in areas of healthcare, the legal nurse consultant has enough workable knowledge to be able to consult with attorneys regarding patients’ medical conditions and their legal needs.

Legal Nurse Consultants are Increasingly Important

Since approximately 25% of legal cases involve some form of medical malpractice or some form of personal injury, there is definitely a growing need for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. Without them, many attorneys admit that they would not be able to adequately prepare for these cases. These consultants also assist the attorneys in communicating with their clients.

Cases Requiring Legal Nurse Consultants

Some cases involve car accidents where the client has sustained something as straightforward as a whiplash or other neck injury. Others are quite complicated.

Medications that have harmed patients have been the subject of court cases. Injuries incurred as a result of child abuse have been increasing and are very much affected by the involvement of the CLNC. Often, legal nurse professionals are expert witnesses for insurance companies, governmental agencies, hospitals and private corporations.

Existing Registered Nurses Find Increased Income

This option is offering many registered nurses with a more profitable career as well as more choices. In this status, these consultants can continue to work full-time or choose to spend more time with their families and work fewer hours.

Not only do attorneys, hospitals, and insurance companies require the expertise of these consultants. Governmental agencies often hire them because they want to have assurance of quality, risk identification, and confidence that they will be completely fair and desiring of a just decision for those on either side.
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