Peggy Hettick, RN, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant & Nurse Life Care Planner

Your Medical Investigator.

A Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is a registered nurse who uses their expertise as a health care provider and who has specialized training to consult on medical-related legal cases. They assist attorneys in reviewing medical records and understanding medical terminology and healthcare issues to achieve the best results for their clients. They are qualified to answer questions, provide opinions, research topics and assist in developing the medical-related issues of many types of cases.

Examples of such cases are:

• Family law (e.g., custody battles)
• Probate (e.g., competency is issue)
• School health (e.g., injury of child while crossing street, sexual assault by teacher)
• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
• Social Security benefit issues
• Medicare benefit issues
• Right to die
• Abuse cases
• Insurance (e.g., reasonableness of a medical bill, relationship of a medical bill to the alleged damages or injuries)
• Bad faith litigation against insurance company for failure to claim or for denial of access to specific care or treatment)
• Elder issues (e.g., abuse, conservatorship)

A Certified Legal Nurse Consultant bridges gaps in an attorney’s knowledge. While the attorney is an expert on legal issues, the CLNC is the expert on nursing and the healthcare system and its inner workings.

A Certified Legal Nurse Consultant differs from a paralegal in that a paralegal assists attorneys in the delivery of legal services and frequently requires a legal education, while the CLNC is first and foremost a practitioner of nursing, and legal education is not necessarily a prerequisite. CLNC uses existing expertise as a healthcare professional to consult and educate clients on specific medical and nursing issues in their cases.

CLNC’s are valuable assets to the attorney. Please follow me on my next blog…The Role Of The CLNC.