A Legal Nurse Consultant is a registered nurse who uses professional expertise as a nurse to consult and advise attorneys on medical-related cases. Most Legal Nurse Consultants work independently from home for attorneys. Attorneys hire Legal Nurse Consultants as a cost-effective way to learn medical terminology and subtleties of the healthcare system. Consultants also assist attorneys in understanding medical records. Other consultants provide consulting services to insurance companies, government agencies and private corporations.
Legal Nurse Consultant fees range from $100-$200 per hour.
Consulting services include (1)helping with the discovery process; (2) reviewing medical records; (3) identifying standards of care; (4) preparing reports and summaries; (5) conducting research; and (6) locating expert witnesses. Legal Nurse Consultants may even serve as expert witnesses.