Legal Nurse Consultant Profession - Capital University Law School

Legal Nurse Consultant Profession


  • The legal nurse consultant is an important member of a legal team who assists with, among other things, evaluating, analyzing, and rendering informed opinions about “medical issues, delivery of health care, and/or the health outcomes as they relate to cases or issues within the medical-legal arena.” AALNC, Getting Started in Legal Nurse Consulting, at 3 (3rd ed. 2009). The unique combination of medical and legal knowledge offers the legal nurse consultant many opportunities to apply their skills in a variety of litigation and other medical-related cases:

    • Medical malpractice
    • Other personal injury (auto, slip & fall) 
    • Product liability
    • Toxic torts
    • Worker’s compensation
    • Risk management
    • Healthcare licensure investigation
    • Social security disability
    • Life care planning
    • Case management
    • Corporate and regulatory compliance
    • Billing fraud
       

    Copied from Getting Started, at 3 with permission from the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (“AALNC”).

    Many LNCs work as independent consultants and work for law firms, insurance companies, and hospitals. Often the independent consultant continues a full-time clinical practice. Getting Started, at 9. The LNC may also work at these entities or for the government as a full-time employee. In either role, the LNC provides numerous benefits to the legal team including cost-effectiveness, resourcefulness, knowledge, and medical experience.

    A successful LNC will provide to each case broad-based clinical experience, medical and legal education, professionalism, a wide variety of skills – analytical, communication, and interpersonal, to name a few, a demonstrated commitment to nursing and the law, and special knowledge about healthcare.

    For more information about the LNC profession, please visit http://www.aalnc.org/.