Healthcare Costs Rising Due to Threat of Malpractice; Nurse Consultants Assist Attorneys to Cut Costs

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It is no secret that healthcare costs in the United States are increasing. Part of the reason for the increase may be expensive and sometimes inefficient medical malpractice litigation, but Certified Legal Nurse Consultants can use their expertise to help keep costs under control.

"It is no secret that healthcare costs in the United States are increasing. The cost of medical lawsuits has also steadily increased over the past decade."

It is no secret that healthcare costs in the United States are increasing. Doctors, patients and insurance companies alike believe that part of the reason for the increase is expensive and sometimes inefficient medical malpractice litigation. The cost of medical lawsuits has steadily increased over the past decade. The American Medical Association says that 60% of malpractice lawsuits are dropped or dismissed, but the cost of these lawsuits is driving the cost of healthcare up and even causing some medical professionals to limit their practices.

Attorneys are often required to spend countless hours researching to determine whether a case has medical merit. Without this research, healthcare consumers can make the costly mistake of filing unnecessary law suits.

Certified Legal Nurse Consulting is a growing field that helps healthcare consumers, attorneys and healthcare systems save time, money and their sanity. In addition to determining the medical merit of a case, a nurse consultant also organizes and interprets medical records, locates expert witnesses and assists with discovery and trial preparation.

Donna Post, an RN with 25 years experience as a critical care nurse and nurse manager and a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant(CLNC®) says, "Having detailed knowledge of the healthcare system along with the additional CLNC® training allows the legal nurse consultant to adapt to many types of cases including medical malpractice, personal injury and workers' compensation. A CLNC® can provide this expertise efficiently and cost effectively, saving the attorney time and saving the average client money.

Post is the owner and founder of Mid-Valley Legal Nurse Consulting, Inc (MVLNC) in Clovis, CA. The team at MVLNC has access to a nationwide network of healthcare professionals to ensure success in today's complex medical litigation cases. She says teamwork is a critical element in providing a win-win situation for all parties involved. Mid-Valley Legal Nurse Consulting, Inc. provides nurse consultant services throughout California and the US.

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