I’m happy to report that the 4th edition of Legal Nurse Consulting Principles and Practices was published at the end of September, including the chapter I contributed, “The Role of the Legal Nurse Consultant in the Insurance Industry.” In my chapter, I return to many of the themes about which my team and I have written and spoken often in the past, such as:
In addition, I address the critical Mechanism of Injury (MOI), noting to carefully review the initial report of MOI and allegedly body impact point, asking Does everything hold true?; alleged injuries that reportedly occurred, but are atypical, and physical injuries that are generally expected, but did not occur; whether physical findings correlate with the injury in question and is treatment appropriate, appears related, excessive and timely; and Is the claimant participating in the recommended medical care and treatment plans? Failure to follow recommendations can worsen or negatively influence anticipated recovery.
According to the publisher, the fourth edition “provides foundational knowledge on the specialty nursing practice of legal nurse consulting. Legal nurse consulting is defined, and essential information about the practice is discussed (history, certification, scope and standards of practice, and ethical and liability considerations).
“The essentials of the law and medical records are explored. Analysis of the various types of legal cases on which legal nurse consultants work is provided, as are other practice areas for legal nurse consultants. The various roles and skills of legal nurse consultants are explored, and the textbook concludes with discussion of the ways in which legal cases are adjudicated.
“This volume allows nurses to bridge the gap from their clinical experience to the unfamiliar territory of the legal world, with practical advice on topics including tactics for being cross-examined in the courtroom and investigative and analytical techniques for medical records. Individual chapters by subject-matter experts focus on the full range of legal, medical, and business issues that new or experienced legal nurse consultants and nurse experts will encounter in their work. A nuanced look at the realities and complexities of toxic torts, medical malpractice cases, civil rights in correctional healthcare, ERISA and HMO litigation, and other practice areas is offered.”
I’m grateful to have given something back to my profession.