When it comes to trials, there are often medical experts that are called to provide a deposition. They are needed in a number of cases from personal injury and elder law to toxic torts and worker’s compensation. In some cases, this is an MD, but in other cases, it is a legal nurse consultant. Both of which are trained professionals that can provide the attorney with the clearance they need to win their case.
But, what’s the difference? They are both professionals with medical expertise, but what can a LNC do for the attorney that proves to be so much better? Here are a number of reasons why a legal nurse consultant may be hired by an attorney rather than an MD. A legal nurse consultant:
- Has the ability to identify the Standard of Care
- Has the ability to determine if there was a breach in the SOC
- Can thoroughly review the entire medical record
- Can screen the whole case for merit
- Can find additional expert witnesses
- Is able to conduct interviews with clients
- Can conduct research and summarize medical information into laymen’s terms
- Can thoroughly educate the attorney on the case’s relevant medical facts
- Has the ability to create a timeline of medical events and then associate them to the accusations
- Can provide an expert opinion when the attorney needs it
- Is ideally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
That’s what LNC can do, but what are the benefits for the attorney in hiring a legal nurse consultant instead of a physician (MD)? Here are just a few benefits:
- Legal nurse consultants tend to be less expensive than physicians.
- Ultimately, a LNC can provide more information, details, etc. for the case.
- A physician will not always provide a timeline of medical events with causation, as they see as a time-consuming procedure.
- As nurses, legal nurse consultants have a number of skills and have more knowledge of the Standard of Care in relation to all healthcare aspects from medications, bedside care, lab work and reporting.
- A LNC can act as an intermediary between the physician and the attorney on the case.
- A legal nurse consultant has a number of contacts that they heavily rely on for specialties and insights including other nurses, doctors, etc.
As you can see, a legal nurse consultant should always be the primary point of contact when a case is being prepared and medical information is pertinent to the case. If your LNC doesn’t have you answer, he/she has contacts that will.