Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant
A Certified Legal Nurse Consultant(CM) is a registered nurse who has completed the CLNC(R) Certification Program. This rigorous program teaches the CLNC(R) to apply his or her clinical expertise to any legal case involving physical or mental health, illness, or injury. Nurses are equipped to quickly pinpoint and interpret medical and nursing issues, and to assist the litigation team with preparing medical-related cases. Certified Legal Nurse Consultants(CM) become part of the National Association of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants(R) which connects them with medical resources and experts from across the country.
Why do Attorneys Need Certified Legal Nurse Consultants(CM)?
While the attorney is the legal expert, the CLNC(R) consultant is the expert on the healthcare system and its inner workings. For attorneys, “time is money.” There is no more cost-effective resource for reviewing medical records and gaining a powerful understanding of the subtleties of the healthcare system than a CLNC(R) Consultant. Because CLNC(R) Consultants are experts in the medical field, they are able to review, process, summarize, and apply medical records in a fraction of the time it might take the litigation team, for a fraction of the price a physician will charge.
When Should You Call a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant(CM)?
You should call a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant(CM) the moment a case comes in! Certified Legal Nurse Consultants(CM) are invaluable in identifying medical issues, screening the case for merit, and providing numerous other services crucial to your case. From the time a case comes to your door to the time it closes in court, and every step along the way, a CLNC(R) consultant is an invaluable asset to give your medical cases a competitive edge. It is never too late to get a CLNC(R) consultant on your case, although many attorneys have regretted not contacting a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant(CM) sooner!
What Types of Cases can Certified Legal Nurse Consultants(CM) Work On?
If your caseload includes: Medical or nursing malpractice, General personal injury, Products liability, Toxic tort or environmental cases, Criminal cases, Probate, Medicare or insurance fraud, or Workers’ compensation, you need a CLNC(R) consultant on your litigation team! A CLNC(R) consultant can assist with any case involving physical or mental health, illness, or injury. Certified Legal Nurse Consultants(CM) have even consulted on divorce cases where spousal and child abuse have been claimed.
Why Should You Contact a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant(CM) if You’re Already Using an MD?
Certified Legal Nurse Consultants(CM) can provide you with the medical insight your case needs at a fraction of the price of an MD. As the healthcare provider who is face to face with patients on a daily basis, the CLNC(R) can educate you about any medical issue that applies to your case. In this way, the CLNC(R) consultant is able to save you time and money that you lose when working with expensive physicians.