Attorneys appreciate honesty and objectivity, but more importantly they need honesty and objectivity with their medical-related cases. That’s why it’s important for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants to never hold back their opinions. The attorney is investing time, money and sweat into every case and must understand the good, the bad and the ugly. This is the only way the attorney can make intelligent decisions about whether to take a case or reject it and whether to settle or to go to trial. It doesn’t help for you to sit on the fence about an issue or to suck up to the attorney, only giving information that agrees with the attorney’s own opinion, especially if it’s a case that he’s convinced himself is a winner.
I used to joke with one attorney-client that he was getting my opinion – warts and all! He loved it and he often turned away cases that were marginal because I called it the way I saw it. My job wasn’t to shade a poor position as favorable. Have I always been right in the stands that I’ve taken? Probably not, but I’d rather be proven wrong in our favor than proven wrong by the other party.
When you’re providing a screening opinion or writing a CLNC® report, remember that honesty and objectivity aren’t just the best policy – they’re the only policy.
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