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Nurse Paralegal Job Description

The ideal Nurse Paralegal will be the one who is able to review medical records and identify abbreviations, acronyms and terminology in medical records, and identify entries relating to specific legal issues and associated legal theories. Nurse paralegals work primarily as nurses, yet they are involved in using nursing knowledge in terms of law and legality. Nurse paralegals do not restrict their Registered Nurse knowledge to just hospitals. They work as experts in the medical field wherever the need may be, such as HMOs, law practices, government facilities, journals of medicine, and insurance agencies. They also work as a legal assistant in the areas of personal injury, workers compensation, insurance defense, and medical malpractice. Nowadays, corporates want nurse paralegals who with extensive experience in their field can look at a case report or incident and quickly determine fault. The main duties and responsibilities of a nurse paralegal include: identifying terminology abbreviations, acronyms, and creating summaries of each record; working with legal team on identifying medical records that correspond and relate to the legal issues set forth by the legal team; arranging legal documents; interviewing clients and specialized witnesses; researching medical records; and studying legal issues. Completion of a nurse paralegal training program approved by the American Bar Association or membership of the American Association for Paralegal Education or RN degree is essential. Nursing experience along with experience in a law firm or legal department identifying medical issues associated with legal theories and creating summaries of those records in the context of the identified legal theories is required. Work experience as a nurse in a variety of settings such as ER/ICU, psychology, medical-surgery, pediatrics or OB is helpful. Familiarity with MS Word and Excel software platforms is a plus.


Here are a few sample nurse paralegal job descriptions:

Paralegal - Nurse Paralegal

The candidate will review medical records, interview expert witnesses. Must have excellent academic credentials.

Nurse Paralegal

The candidate will be reviewing medical records and reporting on same (skills include identification and summarization of the medical treatment rendered, complaints, injuries, identification of missing records/additional records needed) all on a time-sensitive and confidential basis. Must have medical records experience for a long term project.

Nurse Paralegal

The candidate duties include organization and management of medical records, analysis of medical records, assisting in preparation of and responses to discovery requests, analysis of medical literature, expert research, and assisting in preparation for trial. Should have Nursing background and/or experience in risk/claims management.

Nurse Paralegal

Duties: Performs a variety of complex duties with limited supervision. Supports attorneys with medical-related litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense. Support legal team by requesting, analyzing and summarizing medical records Conduct medical journal research via Internet or through local libraries. Abstract medical records, organize and prepare both outline and narrative summaries of the records for internal use and for presentation to the client. Analyze medical records and billings to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the medical evidence including pre-existing or co-existing medical conditions. Prepare case analysis. Identify issues, omissions and discrepancies. Identify and provide information regarding medical experts and physicians; coordinate medical expert deposition preparation. Assist attorneys with medical evidence preparation and organization for hearing or trial. Compose and type document production including case analysis memoranda for attorneys, outline and narrative summaries, and chronologies of medical records, correspondence, and reports. Compile data for exhibits. Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing. Paralegal Certification a plus. 1-5 years of experience in clinical practice. Experience in a law firm or legal department is a plus. Proficient understanding and utilization of medical terminology, anatomical drawings, laboratory tests, and medications. Possess thorough understanding of medical condition to explain or illustrate a diagnosis. Has full understanding HIPPA compliance. Understands and complies with all other related regulatory mandates.

Nurse Paralegal/Medical Malpractice Case Investigator

The candidate will work hand and glove from intake to trial on medical malpractice cases. Must have significant experience specifically with medical malpractice cases in Florida, including (1) intake, (2) obtaining, summarizing and issue spotting medical records, (3) dealing with experts, (4) presuit process, (5) mediation, (6) discovery and (7) trial.

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