Experts for Cases Involving Health, Injury or Illness
By Nurse from New Jersey
When an attorney thinks of utilizing a Legal Nurse Consultant, nursing and medical malpractice cases are natural fits, but there are other areas of law where their services can be of great benefit.
Nurses’ knowledge of health and disease combined with care management and the inner workings of the health care delivery system can be utilized by lawyers in Marital and Family Law, Elder Law and Wills and Estates. It is here the nurse can identify medical conditions and interpret the impact they have on custody, work, and competency issues and long term care needs. Nurse care managers can be court assigned to ensure medical continuity after the legal game plan is outlined. The nurse with long term care, home and geriatric experience can assist the Elder Care lawyer, client and family by outlining the medical conditions, identifying risk areas and developing a specific plan of care that works within the medical, legal and financial constraints of the client/family. In addition, the nurse with experience with domestic violence can identify abuse cases, determine the lethality potential of the intimate relationship and make recommendations to assist the courts to decide custody, direct restraining orders, and provide counseling for both the victim and the abuser.
Nurses with Medical Coding and Billing experience can assist with separating pre and post-incident related medical conditions in personal injury and civil cases. They can assist to determine adherence to the medical care plan post incidence or they can work with forensic accountants and governmental agents to identify health insurance fraud and hidden money in health related practices.
Legal Nurses can be utilized in Product Liability, Personal Injury and Environmental Cases to gather and interpret the medical information, to research the authoritative literature, to interview clients, attend IME and DME’s, make recommendations for health related experts and assist with questions and the creation of demonstrative evidence for trial prep.
The Legal Nurse differs from a paralegal due to their ability to interpret and organize the medical records, identify missing data, make suggestions for experts and navigate the inner workings of the health care delivery system.
Finally, the independent Legal Nurse Consultant’s has areas of expertise that can compliment or collaborate with the in-house Legal Nurses. The independent consultant can be utilized as a fact or expert witness. They can become medical care managers or assist with mediation/arbitration in the community. They are also a great source to provide medically focused continued education for the litigation team to assist a legal firm to remain cutting edge.
|There are numerous experts who are more than willing to provide testimony for medical malpractice and personal injury litigation cases. Finding the right one is crucial to the strength of your particular case.Since 1983, Medical Advisors has assisted in the selection of expert witnesses in several thousand cases. Working with plaintiff and defense bar, we have provided medical opinions and testimony which have resulted in competent preparation and in-court support for cases involving medical malpractice, hospital negligence, personal injury, workers’ compensation and product liability.
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