Legal Nurse Consultants

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 may be employed independently on a contract or retainer basis; or they may be employed by a law firm, insurance company, corporation, government agency, 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.

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

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