Most states require that a plaintiff obtain and/or file an expert affidavit when filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. This helps to keep non-meritorious cases from clogging and draining the legal system. While these affidavits do not always have to be signed by a physician, many are.
So what do you, as the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, say to an attorney-prospect who is relying on expensive MD experts for affidavits? Here are three points to emphasize:
- You can screen the case for merit before it goes to an expensive MD who ultimately would render the same opinion, but for a lot more money. Consider that MD experts charge $750-1,000/hr while Certified Legal Nurse Consultants charge $125-150/hr. This is especially cost-effective for plaintiff attorneys who reject the majority of cases coming to them from prospective clients.
- If the case is meritorious you can help locate the proper MD expert to sign the affidavit. Emphasize that you are a member of the National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, the largest legal nurse consulting association, and network with your 4,000 plus CLNC® peers to locate reputable and proven experts.
- It only makes sense that your attorney-clients want the best experts – experts with stacks of credentials, who are in demand and probably have very little free time. This is where you come in. You can help prepare the affidavit for the expert’s review and execution. Many affidavits are not actually drafted by the person signing them, and the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant can write the first draft of the affidavit far more cost-efficiently than the MD expert.
You are not replacing the MD where one is truly needed. Instead you are a complement to and a valuable member of the whole team – a team that will be a lot stronger if you’re involved from the beginning.
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