Legal Nurse Consulting

A Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) is a Registered Nurse (RN) whose “primary role is to analyze, evaluate, and render informed opinions about the delivery of health care and the resulting outcomes.”  (AALNC)

What Does an LNC Do?

  • Assists in obtain medical records and identifying missing records
  • Identifies standards of care, causation and damage issues.  Helps determine the merits of a case.
  • Screens for record tampering
  • Prepares chronologies of medical events and correlates them to the allegations
  • Conducts research and summarizes medical literature
  • Educates attorneys regarding medical facts
  • Organizes medical records and other medically-related litigation materials
  • Conducts client interviews
  • Works in various legal settings including law firms, government, and independent practice
  • Integrates nursing knowledge with the challenge of criminal and civil litigation
  • Prepares witness and exhibit lists
  • Collaborates with attorneys in preparing interrogatories, deposition and trial outlines, queries for direct and cross examination, and document production requests

Types of Cases LNCs Review

  • Medical and dental malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Toxic torts
  • Product Liability
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Disability
  • Criminal cases with forensic findings
  • Risk Management

American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants