A legal nurse consultant is a registered nurse who has attained additional specified legal training in order to assist attorneys with understanding cases involving the medical field. Legal nurse consultants may work on health law cases, medical malpractice cases, class action lawsuits and personal injury cases. Legal nurse consultants complete tasks akin to that of a paralegal, however they will incorporate their specialized medical training to facilitate tasks requiring additional medical knowledge.
What tasks will I complete in my career as a legal nurse consultant?
A legal nurse consultant is an important member of the legal team. A legal nurse consultant will work under the supervision of an attorney to assist in a variety of tasks, including:
Which types of employers hire legal nurse consultants?
- Analysis of medical records
- Explain medical records and procedures to attorneys
- Accident/injury reenactment and analysis
- Case file management
- Trial preparation
- Drafting complaints and pleadings
- Investigate facts
- Client interviews
- Legal research
- Analyze case law and statutes
- Create exhibits for use at trial
Many legal nurse consultants choose to work for law firms on a per diem basis under the status of independent contractor. However, legal nurse consultants may choose to work for the following employers:
Where can I learn more about LEI Legal Nurse Consultant Graduates?
- State government
- Federal government
- Solo practitioner/ attorney
- Law firm
- Hospital or Healthcare Organization
- Health insurance company
Graduates of Widener Law Center’s Legal Education Institute have pursued a variety of legal nurse consultant career options. Please view this link to learn more about a selection of LEI Alumni who are employed in the Delaware Valley region.