A legal nurse consultant provides an expert medical opinion in legal proceedings. Legal nurse consultants can be hired by attorneys to provide interpretation of medical results and implications of those results. They assist legal professionals on health care issues and provide insight into medical procedures and terminology. Legal nurse consultants can also be utilized to analyze medical records, prepare medical reports and provide testimony as an expert witness. Legal cases involving medical malpractice, worker’s compensation, health insurance fraud, patient abuse might benefit from the analysis and testimony of a legal nurse consultant. Legal nurse consultants can also be hired by insurance companies, private hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies. Most nurses become legal nurse consultants after practicing as a licensed registered nurse for several years. This gives them the hands-on experience and professional background to be considered as qualified medical experts. Both contract-basis work and regular employment opportunities are available to valuable legal nurse consultants.

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