I know that once you read the title to this blog, you will have an immediate response to my question. Most of you are going to say to yourself, or at me via the computer screen, that “a Nurse Consultant costs a great deal of money and I cannot afford one”. I can appreciate your concern with this, but we will discuss that shortly.
I know you may also say, “Because I can review the medical records myself and my paralegal can organize and prepare a chronology”. I can understand that statement as well, but I would like to bend your ear a bit here and provide you with some information as to why it is cost effective to utilize a Registered Nurse in your medical cases.
First off I would like to say, if you have continued to read, I thank you for your time and attention to do so. Now, I can understand your concerns regarding the cost of hiring a Nurse Consultant. So, let’s think about this for a minute. Do you actually know what a Nurse Consultant costs? Have you invested the time to search for one in your area? The costs of a Nurse Consultant is majorly dependent on the area to which you are practicing and are actually quite affordable when you truly examine what they can do to raise your bottom line. You know that the large defense firm that you are going up against does utilize a Nurse Consultant on their team, right?
So let’s discuss what a Nurse Consultant can do to actually increase your bottom line. The biggest areas you will see the cost effectiveness of a Nurse Consultant is in the preliminary review (merit screen) and in a comprehensive review of the case (although we do much more than just that). In the preliminary review, the Nurse Consultant can evaluate the specifics in the case within hours to determine if the case should be pursued. The costs accrued by the plaintiff attorney to proceed with a case can run into the $50,000 t0 $60,000 range. The huge savings you will accrue for a Nurse Consultant to analyze the records should be evident to you in the last statement alone.
Ok, so, you’ve decided to pursue a case and you were just delivered several large boxes of medical records, now what? Who is going to look through those records and put them in some semblance of order? I know that you are going to tell me your paralegal is going to do it. I understand your thinking, but the Nurse Consultant is much more efficient in organizing those huge boxes of medical. Now, I know that you may be thinking, “How hard can it be to organize records”? Well, the process of organizing records is not only just for your ease of use, but it is also for the ease of use by your experts. Having the records organized in a method that is familiar to the physician or nurse expert will save you the high cost of their review time. Oh yes, and speaking of all of those huge boxes, the Nurse Consultant could have determined if you truly needed all of those records you’ve just obtained which would have saved you some money.
So, now that you have all of those medical records organized, who would be the BEST professional to review them? Now, when I have a question or concern related to something in the legal arena, I go straight to my attorney for the answer because I know that I do not know everything about the law and would not even pretend to. So, if you needed an individual to interpret all that is involved and contained in those medical records, I think that you would consider a medical professional to do so, right? Now, I know that you may feel that you can interpret those records yourself, and you may to some extent, but the time involved for you to do so is not cost effective and you may not really see what a medical professional sees. An experience Nurse Consultant knows where to focus and obtain the information imperative to the case. The Nurse Consultant can hone in on what is important and what is not and therefore, evaluate your cases quicker and more cost effectively, which then leads to your cases being tuned over quicker and saving you money.
Now, I do not want to take up anymore of your time as I have a great deal more information to provide you regarding how the Nurse Consultant can save you money. I will leave it at that for now and so, stay tuned for part II of this blog where I will talk about how the Nurse Consultant can the save you money in relation to preparing and evaluating the chronology.
If you have any questions at this point please do not hesitate to contact me at 432 661 3639 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lori Combs BS, RN, Legal Nurse Consultant
Critical Analysis Consulting, LLC
432 661 3639