The Most Common Mistake Legal Nurse Consultants Make with Attorneys

I love technology and all that technology offers us in our legal nurse consulting businesses. I definitely don’t miss sitting in the medical library for hours, manually Bates stamping medical records or having to Xerox® a hard copy of the medical record for a CLNC® subcontractor. No, none of us want those days back. Nor do I need to mention typewriters, bound journal indexes, liquid Wite-Out® and modems.

But one experience I believe many Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and attorneys are missing out on today is the dialogue regarding a case. It’s not enough to send the attorney your report electronically and to conclude your work is done even if you’re confident your report is perfect.

Both you and the attorney will benefit if you discuss your opinions and the report once the attorney has had time to absorb it. When you write the report you have your ideas. When the attorney reads the report she’ll have her own ideas. The real magic happens when you come together and discuss the case. The dialogue reveals new questions and new answers.

Just hitting the send button isn’t enough. The sum of the parts often exceeds the whole. And that sum may be exactly what the attorney needs to ace the case.

I’m Just Sayin’

P.S. Comment and share how you keep the dialogue going with your attorney-clients.

5 thoughts on “The Most Common Mistake Legal Nurse Consultants Make with Attorneys

  1. This is such a great tip!!! 2 weeks ago at a mediation hearing, my attorney wrote a mediation brief and ASSUMED that the mediator read it. After the initial demand it was apparent that the mediator did not read the brief. The med-mal attorney is a seasoned attorney who teaches trial tactics at a university in Pittsburgh. It set a bad tone for the rest of the negotiations AND I believe we left a lot of $$$$ on the table because of this poor start. So YES, we all need reminded of the power of conversations!!!! Thank you Vickie!!!!

  2. Excellent thought! If not for those brainstorming sessions, you would not be able to find and relay the BEST information points about your case.

  3. Good point, Vickie! I make it a point to call my attorney-client every week while working a case so that he or she is in the loop and we can discuss the findings thus far. Sometimes the attorney changes the path of what he or she wants done. Questions we both have are often posed and answered during these status reports!

  4. Great message Vickie, and so true. I try often to have a coming together of the minds with my attorneys. I truly love hearing their feedback. My clients often will send me their final reports to review before they file them to make sure they have included all the important parts.

  5. I agree with you, Vickie that technology makes it so easy to focus on the written word, but oral reports get to the bottom line opinion. I have had the opportunity to experience both on several cases.

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*The opinions and statements made by Vickie Milazzo, the founder of Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Inc. are based on her experiences and expertise, should not be applied beyond the specific context provided, and do not guaranty or project actual results. Vickie Milazzo is no longer involved in the operations or management of the business, but is involved as an independent education consultant.

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