Once a Legal Nurse
has contracted with an attorney to provide medical expertise on a case, shehe may fall under the protection of the attorney-client privilege. The attorney-client privilege keeps communication private and applies to any communication made in confidence between the attorney and client for the purpose of dispensing legal advice.
The attorney-client privilege can extend to retained consultants such as Legal Nurses. As a result, Legal Nurses should have a solid understanding in the general workings of the privilege. Furthermore, not knowing what the privilege is or what it covers will be a detriment when trying to secure your important case documents. Lastly, the attorney-client privilege is a very demanding legal principle to master. There are many exceptions and sub-sections to the privilege that confuse even the most seasoned attorney. Therefore, it is strongly recommended for any Legal Nurse to discuss any questions they may have about the attorney-client privilege with their legal employer.
Detailed info about attorney-client privilege is included with Case Strategies for the 21st Century.
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