What Size Omelet Are You Serving Your Attorney-Clients?

On a trip to Dallas Tom and I decided to splurge and take a rare dive into the breakfast buffet. We had a long day ahead of us and figured we’d at least have a good meal to start us off. I’m not normally a fan of buffets, but it was included in our room package so I figured what-the-hey – I can eat as little or as much as I want.

What Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Can Learn from a Cheeseburger

There’s a small restaurant in our neighborhood that specializes in burgers. We often walk past it when we’re out cruising our hood and it’s always busy. So when we decided to try it, I had high expectations. My mouth was watering in anticipation but my reality couldn’t have been any further from my expectation. The burgers were pretty bad and even Tom, who is not that picky about hamburgers, didn’t finish his. What made the hamburger bad was the meat itself had no quality.

16 Strategies for Screening Medical-Related Cases Effectively and Efficiently as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant

Screening medical-related cases is one of the most important legal nurse consulting services you will provide as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. Not only is it one of my favorite CLNC services but it is the first CLNC service you usually provide for new attorney-clients. Do it well and the attorneys keep coming back for more. Here are 16 screening strategies to keep your attorney-clients coming.

Legal Nurse Consulting Alert – Medtronic Defibrillator Leads – Wired for Life or Death?

People, including my 85-year-old father, who suffer from aberrant heart rhythms received a shock (literally) last year when Medtronic, manufacturer of the Sprint Fidelis leads used to connect electronic defibrillators to their hearts, were malfunctioning at rates higher than those of other leads. The leads were later pulled from the market, but were not pulled from the recipients. Depending on who you believe, anywhere from 87.9%-94.3% of the leads are still functioning in patients. Many of the recalled electronic defibrillators cannot be changed or removed without a risk of harm to the patient.

My Most Memorable CLNC® Case

My Most Memorable CLNC® Case: First Time Testifying and the Jury Smiled on Our Case

My most memorable case occurred when I testified for the very first time. I had been a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant for about a year. The case was a will contest. The client was the daughter of an elderly woman who had passed away in a skilled facility. About 72 hours prior to her death, the son (the client’s brother) had the will altered so that he would inherit most of the estate. The changes to the will were made by an attorney. The son then took the will to the facility and had his mother sign it with a notary (a friend of his) present and another witness (his sister-in-law). The estate was worth around $1,000,000.00.

My Most Memorable CLNC® Case

My Most Memorable CLNC® Case: Teaching My First Attorney-Client to Trust Me

I doubt any of us, as CLNC consultants, ever forget our first case. Mine is most memorable for several different reasons. I learned so much, some of it the hard way. I had earned my CLNC Certification a few months earlier and used Vickie’s advice regarding marketing myself by mailing out my resume with my qualifications and a cover letter, then followed up with a phone call. One attorney had a case on his desk, which had been referred to him by another attorney. The case involved a potential client who lived out of state. The attorney drove approximately six hours one way to interview the potential client and his wife. He felt there was probable merit to the case but he needed someone to review the records. He had filed the proper notices to all the possible defendants of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

We Rate Restaurants – Why Not Nursing Homes?

As a baby boomer, I have to face the fact that one day I’ll be old. Not tomorrow and not the next day, but sooner than I want to admit. One good thing is – I’ll have lots of company. The bad thing is – all those Generation Waste kids that will be taking care of us (you know the ones with piercings, tattoos and bad work ethics).

Plaintiff Alert Signals – Never Events

Whether you are screening medical malpractice cases for plaintiff or defense as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, you should be on the lookout for those obvious meritorious cases. When you see them, the red flags go up as long as there is significant injury or death. For example, maternal death gets everyone’s attention. The plaintiff CLNC® consultant’s response is – this is one the plaintiff attorney should absolutely represent. The defense CLNC® consultant’s initial response is – the defense should settle and settle fast.

*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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