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Attorney FAQs

Q. How much does a healthcare expert cost?
A. We charge a non-refundable administrative fee along with our retainer at the beginning of each case. The hourly fee is based upon each expert's experience, specialty, and track record. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
 
Q. Are your healthcare expert's CV's kept current?
A. Yes. All of our experts update their CV's with recent certifications, honors and publications yearly.
 
Q. Are your healthcare experts available for testimony?
A. Yes, if your case is meritorious, the same expert will stay with you from start to finish.
 
Q. How long does it take to review the viability of a case?
A. A thorough analysis of the submitted records and documents usually take 1 - 4 weeks. However in emergency situations, an expedited review can be completed in as little as 3 - 4 days.
 
Q. My knowledge of medicine is limited, can your staff help me decipher information and organize my case?
A. Absolutely. Our staff consists of healthcare professionals to assist you to understand the specific issues of your case.
 
Q. Do you provide healthcare experts only to attorneys?
A. No. We offer our consulting services to hospitals, nursing homes, insurance companies, private practitioners, movie and media.
 
Q. Can you provide a healthcare expert anywhere in the U.S.?
A. Yes. We have more than 170 experts across the USA in all areas of healthcare. We receive about 15 - 20 new resumes each week. If we don't have an expert that meets your needs, we will make every possible effort to locate one from our pool.
 

Student FAQs

Q. What is the exact definition of an R.N.?
A. RN stands for registered nurse. A person has to qualify to take a state licensing exam in order to become "registered".
 
Q. How many years of study does it take to qualify to become a nurse?
A. You can select from several programs depending on your career goals and budget.
You can:
  • Go to a two year community college and earn an A.D. and become an RN
  • Go to a four year college and earn a BSN and become an RN
  • Go to a one year technical school and earn a diploma to be a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)
The advantage of the BSN is that it enables you to take your career to higher levels and earn more money.
 
Q. What do nurses do?
A. Nurses provide a number of services including direct physical care and teach patients how to live a healthier lifestyle. Nursing is a vast profession that allows you to work in healthcare with people of all ages and types, depending on what specialty you select.

Go to http://www.rnexperts.com/qualifiedexperts.html to see what I mean. Once you finish your basic education you choose the area of practice that interests you the most.
 
Q. What high school subjects would be most helpful for a career in the field of nursing?
A. You need to take college prep courses and go heavy on the sciences and humanities. Write to several schools of nursing in your area and ask what courses are prerequisite for entry. Be sure to discuss your plans with your school counselor by 9th or 10th grade so that he/she can advise you.
 
Q. Why did you select nursing as a career?
A. I became a nurse because I enjoyed helping people and was interested in healthcare. I wanted to do something useful.
 
Q. How much money do nurses make?
A. This depends on where you live, what shift you work, and job specifications. Most RN's make a starting salary of $17-25/hour. Salaries can go to $200,000 +++ if you are smart and hard working.
 
Q. Is it hard to find a job?
A. Finding a job is one of the advantages of becoming a nurse. As in any entry-level job you will have to prove your competency before you get the shift and job of your choice. If you don't mind starting on the night shift, or working in a nursing home, or for an agency, you won't have a problem. There is a nursing shortage now so it is easy to get a job.
 
Q. What is the difference between a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) and an RN Expert?
A. An LNC uses nursing knowledge to read through records, determine what happened, and advise the attorney whether litigation merits the investment or not. An LNC also has attended special courses in Legal Studies (similar to Paralegal) which makes him/her a nurse/paralegal blend. If this is your goal we recommend taking the necessary courses and becoming certified. It will make your job easier at the start and maximixe your marketability if you have the education and certification. An LNC usually works for an attorney or for a group of attorneys, but does not usually testify. It is not a requirement to maintain clinical skills unless you are a testifying expert.

An RN Expert is just that. (All of our RN Experts testify for both plainitff and defense cases). Our website describes our prerequisite qualifications, credentials, education and expertise. As an expert you must truly have expert proficiency in your nursing specialty. The credentials back it up. LNC certification is not necessary because no one expects you to know the law, you are an expert nurse, not a paralegal! Certification in your field of specialty or advanced courses, and MSN etc. are certainly identifiers that you have expanded your knowledge base. As an expert you must be clinically active, and up to date with what is happening in the clinical field.
 

Expert FAQs

Q. What is an Expert Witness?
A. An Expert Witness is a knowledgeable, experienced and credentialed healthcare professional that reviews medical records and determines if the applicable standards of care were met.
 
Q. What kind of experience is required?
A. We require our healthcare experts to have a minimum of five years experience working in the area of testimony. You need two years of experience within the last two years and must have proven expertise in what you do. You have to work in the area of clinical expertise until you are confident that you know everything there is to know about what you do. We prefer teaching, publishing and research experience.
 
Q. Is it important to have advanced education? (BSN, MSN, certifications, etc.)
A. Yes, documented credentials help to authenticate your authority. They help to validate your commitment to education and professionalism.
 
Q. What kinds of cases are most common?
A. The most common cases that we see in our practice of over 17 years are falls, IV infiltrations, medication injuries, damaged babies, bedsores and failing to notify the doctor that the patient is deteriorating.
 
Q. Do you follow national organizations' standards of practice guidelines?
A. Most of the time, our healthcare experts use current standards of practice to support their opinions; however, science and technology change rapidly so we have to stay current and national standards are sometimes lagging behind.
 
Q. Where are lawsuits most common?
A. Lawsuits are being filed all over the country. New York, California and Florida are at high on the list. They are more likely to occur in highly populated communities where the expectations of doctors and hospitals are demanding. Some states are placing financial limits on jury awards and this may discourage costly litigation.
 
Q. What are some of the common ethical issues that healthcare providers face?
A. Some of the common ethical issues that we encounter involve
  • Protecting the patient when we recognize that a colleague is providing substandard care
  • Invoking the chain of command when the treating doctor fails to do the right thing
  • Making sure the chart shows what really happened
  • Protecting the patient's right to die when end of life issues are involved
  • Reporting incompetence of a colleague
 
Q. Do experts discuss cases with one another?
A. Not usually. For the most part, experts rely on their own experience and expertise to formulate their opinions.
 

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Florida Office:
14421 SW 93rd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33176
Virginia Office:
2060 Valley Springs Court
Powhatan, Virginia, 23139

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