Legal Nurse Consultant

Legal nurse consultants work either part-time or full-time for attorneys law firms governmental agencies or insurance companies. They review medical records provide reports on patients’ health histories serve as expert witnesses at trials help explain medical terminology to attorneys or those working in the insurance industry and provide advice regarding health issues. They are expected to take the stand when necessary during trials and they are often asked to work on cases related to individuals who get hurt on the job medical malpractice situations law suits that are considered to be class action and criminal cases. They must be specialists in one or more specific medical disciplines and they must be considered highly knowledgeable and credible in those specific areas. In order to become a legal nurse consultant it is necessary to first become an RN which can be accomplished through an associate’s degree a bachelor’s degree or a nursing program. A certification exam must also be passed. Certification is offered through the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (“AALNC”). The website www.healthcare-trainingcenter.com states that the job outlook for legal nurse consultants is expected to grow significantly over the next decade as more legal actions are taken against insurance companies pharmaceutical companies and health care providers. When legal nurse consultants work part-time they often charge for their services by the hour. Typical hourly wages range from $100 to $150. For those who work full-time www.payscale.com states that their typical annual salary can range from $50000 to $80000.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $65000
High Salary: $80000
Low Salary: $50000
Tasks: Reviews medical records.
Prepares reports for attorneys.
Explains medical terminology in legal settings.
Serves as an expert witness during trials.
Also Called: Expert Witness
Medical Expert
Registered Nurse
Certified Legal Nurse
Additional Resources: http://www.healthcare-trainingcenter.com/jobs-legal-nurse-consultant.asp
http://www.nursing-school-degrees.com/Nursing-Careers/Legal-Nurse-Consultant-Career.html
http://education-portal.com/articles/Legal_Nursing_Consultant_Job_Description_and_Education_Requirements.html