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Get in the Door for Independent Medical Examinations Every Time

Independent medical examinations (IMEs) of an injured plaintiff in a medical malpractice or personal injury case are not truly independent because they are demanded by the insurance company. And since it’s the insurance company who is paying for the examining physician, it’s arguable that a defense bias pervades the whole exam – especially if the MD has a continuing relationship with that insurer (i.e., lots and lots of IMEs).

My Contributions to Texting Shorthand – WDYT?

I love texting. A friend of mine is so funny that just one simple text makes me laugh so hard that it’s the highlight of my day. But do you have any friends or Certified Legal Nurse Consultant colleagues who are “serial responders” eliciting the “Oh, not again!” response? Serial responders respond to every text, every “thank you,” “you’re welcome,” “yes” and “no.”

Happy Halloween to All Certified Legal Nurse Consultants

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it’s simple and uncomplicated. Of course I also love seeing the young children in costume and their innocence when they come to our door to collect their treats. Some of these trick-or-treaters are shy, some brave, some greedy and most are polite. One year, instead of candy, we gave out koosh balls – you would have thought it was Christmas!

Deadlines Can Be Deadly for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants

Deadlines can become a double-edged sword for CLNC consultants. On one hand, a generous deadline creates the space for you to produce your highest quality work product. Likewise, a short deadline trains you to be efficient and helps you learn how to create work product that is cost-effective and “good enough.”

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Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Mailed, Faxed or Scanned – What’s the Difference to a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant?

A fervent, or perhaps feral, reader recently asked me whether contracts with her attorney-clients that have “facsimile signatures” or are “facsimile contracts” are valid. A “facsimile signature” was originally a signature that was stamped or applied by mechanical means other than a handwritten signature. In the good ‘ole days you signed two copies of your contract and then mailed, FedExed or presented those copies to the other side who then signed them both, by hand or by stamp, and returned one fully executed copy to you by mail, FedEx or personal delivery.

25 Ways to Network Your Way to CLNC® Success − Part 1

EDITOR’S NOTE: Certified Legal Nurse Consultants market to attorneys in a wide variety of ways. However, only one strategy is free, effective and used by ALL CLNC consultants – networking. You’ll become a wiser networker with the help of our CLNC Pros. We asked these experts to share their best strategies for networking your way to CLNC success.

The Trick to Real Celebrity is Keeping it Real

Yesterday, a nurse at the Houston CLNC® Certification Seminar asked me, “How does it feel to be a celebrity?” My response, “I’m a working CEO (who, for the record, gets up at 4am every morning). I don’t have time to bask in admiration. Plus, if my head ever starts to swell, my staff is quick to remind me there’s real work to do. There’s nothing like 20 employees to help me keep it real.”

Life is One Long Audition for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants

Our good friend, Willie Nelson (who just turned 80 on April 30th) once said, “Life is one long audition” and that adage applies to Certified Legal Nurse Consultants as much as it does to musicians. Whether it’s the reports you write or the opinions you communicate to your attorney-clients, you’re only as good as your last work product, interaction or, dare I say, performance.

*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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