Posted by on Dec 22, 2010 in Blog, Legal Nurse Consultant, LNC

As a legal nurse consultant I would not presume to understand the legal profession as well as a paralegal because they are part of the legal profession.  As a registered nurse/case manager/legal nurse consultant I have spent my entire career functioning within the medical arena. It is THAT medical knowledge and experience a LNC brings to the legal team. So thinking of the two (paralegal and legal nurse consultant) interchangeably is like comparing apples to oranges. I recently read a blog post in The Clinical Advisor that aptly describes the differences between a paralegal and a LNC.  Paralegals are extremely crucial to the legal team and perform various duties that an LNC may not have the expertise to carry out as far as legal particulars go. The two roles differ in that LNCs have nursing expertise to assist attorneys in educating their clients about medical events that occur in their cases, such as breaches in standards of care. There are subtle nuances that a LNC can pick up on in reviewing a medical file that might be missed by a paralegal because they do not have a medical background. When a LNC reviews a medical record, she/he is doing it from a foundational medical view point.  We LNCs are nurses first, and that starting point will ALWAYS give us a different and highly advantageous view.    In many instances knowledge and understanding of the nuances can make or break a case and save thousands of dollars. The next time you have a case involving medical records/issues consider a legal nurse consulting evaluation/report. It will be money well spent.

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Going Above and Beyond!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in Blog, Deadlines, Legal Nurse Consultant, LNC, Services

The Extra Mile When functioning as a LNC or (anything else for that matter), going the extra mile pays off not only in creating the best possible work product, but also in helping to solidify business relationships and build overall trust. As consultant, I often have to go beyond what was asked of me.  Sometimes a request comes in while I am “mid-stream”; other times I see a course change or new information that is valuable for the client, and yet that client may not be aware of it.  This new information often means doing more work than what the original assignment called for; and doing it in the same amount of time! But what is always required, is a willingness to be flexible, accommodating and quick to respond.  The client ultimately decides what will be done with the new information; but rest assured the dedication of going beyond the norm and expected, will ALWAYS benefit the client. Some client benefits of going the extra mile: Better work product Improved trust/relationship between client and LNC Useful, critical thinking/information that  adds value to the experience Meeting deadlines that are imperative to a case As a LNC I often start my day thinking how I will be stretched by a request or a curve ball?  Over the years, going the extra mile has helped me become a better LNC and business colleague to those who utilize my services. I have become very resourceful over the years and my critical thinking has been sharpened!  Good things for the client and me! Tell me how a LNC can go the extra mile for you – post a comment! cash advance loans for college students...

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The LNC Project Manager: Part 2 – The LNC Plan

Posted by on Dec 8, 2010 in Blog, Legal Nurse Consultant, LNC, LNC Plan, Project Management

Now that the LNC “punch list” has been completed, a LNC “plan” can be developed.  The LNC plan is the specific LNC product for your needs and file.   The LNC “Plan” personal loans bad creditpay down loans The plan is variable depending on your requirements, and is the “what” of the plan.  Do you need an expert, a chronology, assistance with discovery, deposition questions, billing issues? Is causality or liability the issue? Are there missing documents? A competent LNC can help with all of these, and thus create an individualized action plan. The plan can be a report/review, telephonic consultation, medical expert search, etc. How do the medical aspects of the file fit together to impact your file?  Understanding the “how” will drive and influence the other components of your plan.  The plan develops within the chosen product. Once the “what” and “how” are determined, then your time frames can be implemented accordingly. By choosing to use/consult with a LNC, you are maximizing your time and money. Remember the LNC punch list and plan should be exclusive to your needs as the client!  The product should not be a “cookie cutter” product.  You now can move forward with your claim or file in the most knowledgeable and cost effective way possible.  By consulting with someone (like a LNC) that understands both medical and legal issues, and how they affect your claim or file, you will have a better understanding of your case and better control of the file. The medical aspects of a case or file are what often drive its cost; understanding those aspects only helps you to be more effective in your resolution efforts.  Consider a LNC as your project...

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The LNC Project Manager: Part 1 – The Punch List

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in Blog, Legal Nurse Consultant, LNC, Project Management

The LNC Punch List   cash advance 1000 When we do anything in life, we look for a person, persons or company BEST equipped to help us with our project or need.  If you are trying to determine the size, cost or practicality of a job, you “consult” with that entity. That person/company provides you with a wealth of information about your project before you even start.  You receive a “punch list” of costs, materials, timeframes, etc.  After you have received punch list, the contractor then provides you with a “plan” for the project. That contractor has just provided you with new and beneficial KNOWLEDGE about your project. Remember that old saying… “Knowledge is POWER”. You now have the power to complete your job in the best possible way; knowledge to determine where and how to start; and knowledge to bring resolution or accomplish specific goals.   This method or philosophy also holds true for Legal Nurse Consulting (LNC). Medical issues and their influence on insurance and legal matters are complicated.  To best understand the medical details and how they affect a case or claim, a LNC is your project manager. He/she will develop a customized “punch list” and a “plan” for you!   Step one- Identify the basic needs and issues of the case/file.  This is the “punch list” for the case/file.    LNC “punch list”: ·         Screen for merit- causality and relatedness issues ·         Review/comment on alleged damages ·         Liability/negligence issues ·         Determine the providers and any missing documents ·         Economics   Critical information has just been identified in the punch list. The initial punch list provides you with a brief understanding of the basics of your case/file and working knowledge of how to proceed.  The punch list allows the LNC and client to expand the needs of the case in to a formalized plan.  Now you can move on to the LNC “plan”.   Next week… The LNC Project Manager: Part 2 – The LNC...

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