If you are considering filing a civil suit or getting a criminal conviction in a wrongful death, negligence or involuntary euthanasia case, you will need an attorney's legal counsel and quite often, a nurse legal consultant's review of your loved one's case. An attorney or criminal prosecutor will not even take a case on officially, until it has been reviewed by medical and nursing experts who review the medical record and other evidence. Nursing legal consultants can help establish a case for the civil courts and also point out violations of standards of care that may get a prosecutor to go forward with a criminal case.
A legal nurse consultant does not give out legal or medical advice, but rather evaluates the case from a nursing perspective to determine whether or not the nursing standards of care were or were not violated. If you are working with an attorney, or seeking to work with an attorney, make sure that an expert legal nurse consultant (or physician) is consulted to get an evaluation of the case from a clinical perspective.
Need to File Complaint with State Nursing Board
In addition, if you are considering some form of legal action, most courts will want to know what the state Nursing Board has determined with regard to the case. You can file a complaint with the State Nursing Board as a necessary first step toward legal action. It is wise to get a nursing review of the case before filing a complaint with the State Nursing Board, since an expert nurse may point out areas of malpractice or violations of standards of care which you may not be aware of.
Get a Nursing Review of the Case
You must have a complete copy of the medical record for a physician or legal nurse consultant to review! Make sure to find a consultant who works for plaintiffs' attorneys rather than defense attorneys (ask them which side they usually work for).
If you are having difficulty getting the chart, please look at some suggestions about how to get the chart. Legal nurse consultants will not take calls over the phone and give an opinion based upon a phone conversation. These consultants are only for those who are definitely pursuing legal action and have the medical record already.
The following legal nurse consultants are listed here only for those definitely seeking legal action and have a complete medical record to mail to them for review. You should have your attorney (or prospective attorney) contact the legal nurse consultants for you, as legal nurse consultants serve as professional advisors to the attorneys in legal cases. providing a review of a specific case from a medical and nursing perspective.
DR. KIM KUEBLER DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Director & Founder Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center
Email: drkimkuebler AT multiplechronicconditions.org
Dr. Kuebler is an Adult Nurse Practitioner graduate from Emory University's
School of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate from Vanderbilt
University. She has received state and national attention and funding - for
integrating palliative care interventions into traditional healthcare
systems through coordination and continuity in patient care and follow-up.
She has over two decades of palliative and chronic disease management
experiences - specializing in the clinical aspects of disease, symptoms and
self-management for patients living with multiple chronic conditions. She
is a selected Mayday Pain Fellow from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer
Center, NY. Dr. Kuebler has generated extensive peer-reviewed contributions
to the nursing and medical literature and has received national awards from
Dr. Kuebler has studied with international palliative care
experts in Canada and the United Kingdom and is a World Health Organization
volunteer selected to teach and make medical palliative care rounds in
China. Kuebler was appointed to the Michigan Governors Commission for End
of Life Care legislation and held two consecutive appointments to the
Medicare Evidence Advisory Committee, through the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services.
Kuebler has successfully demonstrated a self-owned
primary care rural community based practice evaluating patients in clinic,
home and consultation in long-term care settings and hospital. Kuebler
preforms clinical research and dissemination of findings through peer
review publications and national, international conference presentations.
Kuebler is the Medical Team Leader for Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians in
Savannah, GA and is an active health policy advocate, editor, author,
educator, researcher and expert clinician.
Dr. Kim Kuebler DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Director & Founder Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center
Medical Team Leader, Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians
6600 Abercorn Street, Ste 206
Savannah, GA 31405
Adjunct Professor, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Wilkes University, PA
Email: Kim.Kuebler AT Wilkes.edu
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Nursing Program
South University Online
Email: kkuebler AT southuniversity.edu
NANCY VALKO, RN
VALKO GROUP, LLC, Legal Nurse Consulting for your next medically related case. See:
Tel. (314) 504-5208
The Valko group offers services to organizations in need of medical records review, interpretation, or analysis. They offer services for plaintiff as well as defense clients and can locate testifying experts.
Nancy Valko is a registered nurse and a spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses www.nursesforlife.org in the United States. After working in critical care, hospice, home health, oncology, dialysis and other specialties for 45 years.
A Legal Nurse Consultant is a Registered Nurse who uses their years of experience and education in the medical field to provide comprehensive reviews and analysis of medical records and medical-legal issues.
Legal Nurses can act as a fact witness or locate expert witnesses for testimony. Nurses receive advanced training in the area of medical record review and can provide valuable information to attorneys, insurance companies, government agencies, healthcare organizations, and other organizations.
Legal Nurse Consultants review and analyze medical records, detect tampering in medical records, offer assistance with or create demonstrative evidence, evaluate medical information, and provide professional nursing opinions regarding the causation of injuries and the assessment of damages to individuals.
Legal Nurse Consultants can interview witnesses under the direction of an attorney to help expose the truth in cases. Legal Nurse Consultants provide reports and other presentations to their client to help determine how to further find the truth in the case at hand. Legal Nurses can also recognize signs of tampering within the patients' charts and records to cover up mistakes.
You can search for a legal nurse consultant by using the LNC Locator, found on
the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants' web site, www.aalnc.org/hire/locator.cfm. The site has other information about legal nurse consultants
that is quite helpful.