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

Your Medical Investigator.

Certified Legal Nurse Consultants act as collaborators and strategists, offering support in medically-related litigation and other medical-legal matter in a variety of practice areas.
Certified Legal Nurse Consultants have a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, medical treatment and the disease processes. With their medical knowledge, extensive clinical experience, and their legal training they are able to offer unbiased, evaluations of circumstances surrounding a medical mishap, accident, failure to properly care, and so on. The CLNC plays a powerful role in the litigation process by bridging the gap between medicine and the judicial system.
Five top responsibilities of the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant include:

1. Reviewing Medical Records

Searching for the medical and nursing issues relevant to a case, CLNC’s review medical records to help determine whether professional negligence occurred, to summarize injuries and treatment and to identify any missing or tampered records. Medical records also offer a CLNC’s insight into the standard of health care provided to a client.

2. Educating Colleagues

In the process of deciphering a case, CLNC’s educate attorneys regarding medical facts, timelines, treatments, nursing terminology and other relevant health care information. Furthermore, their legal nurse consultant degree and experience gives them the background to serve liaisons between the attorneys, physicians and clients involved in a particular case or claim.

3. Investigating Cases

investigation plays a major role in the world of legal nurse consulting. As case investigators, CLNC’s may provide professional services such as these:

• Research compensation and disability claims to determine whether claims have merit

• Examine cases involving fraud and abuse of government funded agencies, including Medicare and Medicaid

• Conduct inquires into potential misconduct on the part of a health care practitioner or facility

4. Preparing for Trials

For cases that go to trial, CLNC’s may prepare medical fact reports and summaries, chronologies of medical events, graphic exhibits and other evidence. They may also draft questions for attorneys to use during medical depositions, interview parties involved in a case and prepare witnesses for testifying at trial.

5. Testifying as an Expert Witness

Attorneys may call CLNC’s experts as witnesses at trial to provide facts, data and opinions based on case evidence. Along with offering testimony, a legal nurse consultant’s job may involve location and retaining expert witnesses who can offer specialized insight and knowledge relevant to the circumstances of a case.