5/13/2021 3 Comments
All Legal Nurse Consultants (LNCs) started out first and foremost as bedside nurses taking care of patients. Nurses attend to patients' physical and emotional health needs and are responsible for documenting their care in the medical record. Most have worked in more than one hospital or office setting and have experience with more than one Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Most importantly they have inside knowledge not only on what the documentation in the medical record means, but on what should have been documented in different patient care situations.
Have you ever found yourself looking at a medical record and had a gut feeling or a little voice nagging, “There’s got to be something here that I’m missing”? It’s altogether possible that there is; but how do you even know what to ask for in Discovery if you’re not sure what it is that is missing? That’s where the LNC comes in.
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Interested in learning more? Pettigrew Legal Nurse Consulting Services is proud to announce our approval for one CLE hour by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency of our course: Missing and Altered Medical Records: Developing a Clinical Eye for Deficiencies in Medical Records. Reach out today to schedule your Lunch and Learn (in-person sessions available at your office within one hour of Canton, GA. Virtual Lunch and Learns can also be arranged. Click here to contact us.
I'm Jennifer Pettigrew and, true story, I first became interested in Legal Nurse Consulting after my auto insurance company was sued following a car accident in which I was found to be at fault. I wasn't sued until after the statute of limitations was up but an exception was made and the plaintiff alleged that because of being rear-ended he was on pain medications chronically which caused him to develop diabetes and become blind. As a nurse I knew that Diabetic retinopathy cannot develop over the course of just a few years but rather is a complication that develops after several years of untreated or poorly treated diabetes. The case was settled by the insurance company before ever going to court for several million dollars, but from that point on I have been interested in the difference medical professionals could make in legal proceedings.