A Successful Lawyer’s Secret Weapon, Legal Nurse Medical Record Analysis

Certified Legal Nurse Consultants CLNC do not function as legal aids or legal assistants, they function as nurses. They are skilled nurses providing clarity into the health care world. They interpret patient charts, procedures, standards of nursing and medical care practice, complex nursing practice and omissions.

Attorneys gain clarity from the research and the analytical fact data gathering skills of a nurse.

Nurses can add to an attorney’s insight and understanding of hospital, medical care and the scope of practice of multiple players in the hospital environment. Nurses can clarify what actually happened in procedures, mental health, home health, Community health, clinical operations, and types of pathology, forensic environments and surgery.

A nurse’s ability to pull the details out of a patient’s chart is one of their strongest skills.

A Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) is a licensed Registered Nurse that has completed a set of rigorous courses and exams designed to confer understanding of varied legal elements in medical related cases.

Registered Nurses have experiences from a variety of situations, conditions, diagnoses and case types. Nurses create the patient’s charts. They are responsible for understanding and communicating all parts of the medical records. They develop a wealth of experiences in knowing the whole chart. Registered Nurses must report to and communicate with physicians, supervisors, nurses, pharmacist, therapists, radiology and specialists in process of providing care to the patient.

Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (CLNC) provide legal nurse medical record analysis.

Legal nursing medical record analysis means they provide screening, evaluation and review of medical charts. They can then communicate what occurred in ordinary every day terms. They screen and investigate relevant medical records for “merit” to assist attorneys in determining if they should or should not accept a case.

Time is money and this process can save an attorney time and money. There are multiple services available that can assist in this type of interpretation process; the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) option is considerably nominal in cost.

Their service is really much more than an interpretation. Their investigation includes policies, hospital procedures, documents and tangible items essential to the comprehensive review of the case. Examples of other items could include billing, x-ray reports, laboratory reports, treatments, orders and medications. This screening of the medical records determines the “merit” of the case.

Certified Legal Nurse Consultants provide reports with regard to specified medical cases. These reports can be provided in several formats or presentations including charts and chronologies, time-lines and drug delivery reports including in depth rationale of each medication to the degree of the Attorney’s request. They can establish identification of standards of care and practices of multiple disciplines involved in the case or the care of patient. They can define deviations from and adherents to the applicable standards of practice/care.

Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) assess for tampering and relevant alleged damages and/or injuries. They identify factors that caused or contributed to the alleged damages and/or injuries. This process provides a scientific foundation for revealing crucial facts in medical-related litigation. This a cost- effective adjunct in the litigation process that upholds the standards of care and identifies “fraudulent or non-meritorious” claims.

Nursing skills can be used in many legal applications, legal systems, demonstrative evidence, defense, plaintiff, litigation, depositions or disclosures. Their ability to navigate research content span a large volume of information from authoritative, professional standards, scope of practice, state, federal and regulatory guidelines.

Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (CLNC) are a valuable asset to any Attorney faced with the confusing task of understanding and processing a legal case with multiple medical elements, medical language and injuries. Understanding who may be responsible in a medical case can be very involved. Individuals and family members are depending on the right outcome in their case.