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A legal nurse consultant, or LNC, advises attorneys in matters involving malpractice cases. As a legal nurse consultant, you analyze medical records and help determine causes of malpractice and the level of damage inflicted. You can work in a variety of settings, from law firms to government agencies. Depending on your work environment, you might prepare cases for trial and serve as an expert witness. The job requires in-depth knowledge of nursing practices. Knowledge of legal proceedings can be helpful as well. Certification through the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing might be required for this position.
Legal Nurse Consultant Salaries
Your salary will vary widely depending on your work environment. For example, the Healthcare Salaries website says the annual salary for a typical LNC typically ranges from $53,335 to $211,352. For an LNC with less than one year of experience, the range is $50,048 to $81,084. You can work full-time or part-time, and this can affect your salary as well. The average hourly rate for an LNC can range from $100 to $250 per hour, according to FindLNC.com.
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