LNCs assists attorneys and legal teams to find their way through medical records and healthcare networks, to deliver positive case resolutions.
Extensive clinical experience is utilized to thoroughly understand the medical issues of each individual case. An LNC has personal experience in a variety of health related areas, such as physician offices, acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, sub-acute rehabilitation, assisted living, and nursing homes.
LNCs are registered nurses proficient in assessing injury or illness, reviewing and interpreting medical records, and assessing the quality of patient care, in the setting of civil or criminal proceedings.
LNCs can advise on medical merits of a case for plaintiff or defense. They use time efficiently to research, organize and screen cases, interview clients or witnesses, and review medical records. Meanwhile attorneys and legal teams are free to concentrate on the legal aspects of a case. While providing these services, LNCs charge a fraction of the cost of physicians and other experts.
If an attorney is working on a case with any health-related issues, an LNC should be one of the first professionals consulted.
Krug Consulting services can help attorneys remove the potential of unsuccessful trial results, by recognition and understanding of critical health related matters. While the LNC develops those health related issues, the legal staff can devote its time and resources to the legal related matters in the case.
The LNC translates the medical records, then creates a succinct chronology highlighting critical events. An LNC delivers a professional report with medical research, definitions and a summary of the client’s injuries, treatments and outcomes.
Many attorneys use paralegals to summarize and organize medical records, and physicians to consult on health-related matters. Krug Consulting is more readily available, accessible, and generally has more time to devote to your case than a physician. Contracting these services from an LNC saves time, is more cost effective, and will lead to a more detailed and comprehensive examination of the merits of a case. With their clinical training, an LNC can effectively and efficiently aid a trial team.
Paralegals are invaluable to the legal team. LNCs play a key role as well, and can work with paralegals to make cases easier to understand.
Paralegals are trained in the legal matters of a case while an LNC is trained to look at the health-related matters of a case from an insider’s point of view. Knowing what information is in the chart will not do the attorney any good, if they do not know how to use it to their benefit.
LNCs will take time to consult with and instruct clients on specific medical and nursing issues in their cases.
Krug Consulting’s LNCs have strong nursing and health care backgrounds with decades of nursing experience. We know how to read and analyze medical records. Analyzing health care records is demanding and time-consuming. Particularly for those unfamiliar with the industry, understanding the terminology of medical records can be impossible.
Our LNCs know exactly what should be included in the medical record. We can more easily interpret and understand physicians’ and nurses’ notes. LNCs offer significant value to attorneys by professionally analyzing healthcare records and literature. The key is that an LNC will highlight what may be missing from medical records based on experience and training. Non-medically trained staff going over the records will miss this.
Utilizing clinical experience, nursing proficiency, and familiarity with health-related systems, LNCs notice missing documents, highlight inconsistencies, and deliver a complete yet easily understandable summary of the health-related matters. When it comes to organizing, summarizing, and interpreting medical records, LNCs will conduct a more thorough medical record review, and will advert issues that a paralegal without a medical background will not. After reviewing medical records, a LNC can evaluate the delivery of healthcare.
LNCs have invaluable experiences and knowledge to share with attorneys.
Lack of health-related education, inexperience in healthcare delivery systems, and unfamiliarity with hospital protocols and procedures may cause members of the legal team to miss subtle clues in charts that could unfavorably affect the attorney’s case. LNCs will explore whether the negative outcome at issue was related to the standard of care not being met. LNCs decipher the medical record into plain English, so that it can be better understood by non-medically trained individuals.
A LNC may provide a report that accounts facts from the medical records or discuss issues with treatment.
LNCs can better support the attorney by informing them of the strengths and weaknesses of their case from a health-related perspective, something the legal team is not trained to do. They can even define deviations from and adherences to the applicable standards of care. Krug Consulting provides services focused on better assisting the attorney to represent their client when there are health-related matters in a case. An LNC will determine the arguments for, and against, the finding that the standard of care was met.
They serve as a bridge between the attorney and the physician expert.
LNCs are not an alternative for a physician. Only a physician can speak to what a physician should have done. An LNC can help your legal team uncover causation. By researching and summarizing healthcare and nursing literature, an LNC can identify factors that caused or contributed to the alleged injuries. LNCs can afford to spend more time than a physician coaching an attorney about the health-related matters in a case.
This can quickly point a legal team to the cause of the injury at issue. After reviewing all the medical records and researching healthcare literature, an LNC can elaborate on whether all the elements are present for a viable medical case. Krug Consulting removes the burden from the attorney of organizing and summarizing huge amounts of healthcare records.
An LNCs experience enables them to distinguish pre-existing injuries from those arising from specific events.
Physicians generally only look at physicians’ notes, lab data, and procedural reports. LNCs will also understand causation and future ramifications of injuries and illnesses. Nurses are trained to read each and every page of a medical record. The LNC can identify additional potential plaintiffs or defendants. We spot the health-related matters and condense the pertinent information contained within the records into a number of different work products for both the attorney and a physician expert’s review.
LNCs provide legal teams with efficient records review, up-to-date opinions on standard of care, and expert testimony in medical-legal cases.
Krug Consulting records review is a cost effective way for an attorney to make a more informed decision about the procedural position and merits of a case. The different work products produced by Krug Consulting reduces the time demands and costs associated with an initial review completed by a high-paid physician expert. Having an LNC review a case gives the legal team a clear, confident direction and a competitive edge.
A LNC is a vital assistant throughout litigation, making attorney well-armed and confident.
Medical malpractice and long term care cases often come with an incredible bulk of records. We screen cases for merit, review medical records, research medical issues, prepare reports and summaries on the extent of injury or illness, assist with discovery, and work with testifying expert witnesses. Connecting with an LNC to review records can help attorneys discover the merits of the case swiftly.
With an extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry, the nurse consultant can help devise the case strategy and guide the legal team to an well-organized and advantageous outcome. Altogether, their attention to detail, experience with the healthcare industry, familiarity with medical terminology, and medical expertise assist attorneys throughout the litigation process. LNCs bring extensive healthcare experiences to help you pinpoint the standard of care that applies to your legal case. An LNC supplements an attorney’s knowledge.
LNCs regularly study all forms of medical records and can help legal teams interpret these intricate documents into a down-to-Earth and common-sense chronology.
They utilize their knowledge of nursing and healthcare systems to achieve favorable outcomes for the client. They rely on their depth of knowledge when sorting through various practice acts, regulatory sources, and scientific literature to find the most current and pertinent standards for each specific case and conditions. In this way, LNCs can diminish the risk of surprise in healthcare related aspects and liability matters.