Legal Nurse Consultants

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Legal nurse consultants are members of a litigation team that deals with medical malpractice, personal injury, and product liability lawsuits as well as other medically related legal cases. They are employed independently on a contract or retainer basis, or they work as salaried employees of law firms, insurance companies, corporations, government agencies, or as part of a risk management department in a hospital. Legal nurse consultants are trained nurses who have a thorough understanding of medical issues and trends. They utilize their clinical experience, knowledge of health care standards, and medical resources to assist litigation teams and act as liaisons between the legal and health care communities. Their primary role is to evaluate, analyze, and render informed opinions regarding health care. They practice in both plaintiff and defense capacities in collaboration with attorneys and others involved in legal processes.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Advise lawyers regarding medical facts, treatments, and other medical issues that are relevant to a case
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Several years' clinical nursing experience required
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Self-Employed or Nurse Attorney
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Registered Nurse

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