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Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Presents "I Have My LNC - What’s Next?"


Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen, registered nurse, presented to the South Carolina American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) in Charleston, SC on February 5, 2011 at their winter educational conference.

About the conference:

The South Carolina legal nurses packed a great agenda for this year’s winter conference. President Teri Levin opened the program, and introduced Karen Shelton, RN, CNLCP, legal nurse consultant, who expertly discussed “Catastrophic Medical Legal Case Development.”

Catastrophic medical legal cases include burns, amputations, spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple fractures, chronic pain, brachial plexus injury, cerebral palsy, and chemical exposure. Shelton described primary conditions, and secondary conditions that result from the original injury. Shelton works primarily as a life care planner with workers’ compensation cases, and briefly discussed Medicare Set-Asides as well.

Sarah Lustig, RN, CNLCP, legal nurse consultant followed, and addressed “Catastrophic Injury Life Care Plans.” Lustig covered the scope and standards of practice for life care planners. Her practice is predominantly with personal injury attorneys.

Jody Vann McKnight, attorney with the Riesen Law Firm of North Charleston, SC, began the afternoon session with “The Role of Legal Nurse Consultants in a Changing Legal Landscape: The End of the Federal Rights “Bargaining Chip” in State Workers’ Compensation Act Claims.”

McKnight discussed his case “James v. Anne’s, Inc.” in which the S.C. Supreme Court ruled that a totally, and permanently disabled women needed no other party’s consent to have her lump sum disability award prorated over the span of her expected lifetime. This decision constituted a groundbreaking legal victory for workers’ comp claimants.

Justice Donald W. Beatty wrote “We find respondents’ admitted desire to use proration language as a “bargaining chip” in these circumstances is inappropriate.” McKnight told “Lawyers Weekly” that “Claimants lawyers are elated over the decision because their clients, the most seriously disabled workers in our state, do no longer have to give up their benefits for all the wrong reasons.”

Liz Buddenhagen, registered nurse, Medicare Set-Aside allocator, Atlanta legal nurse consultant, and principal at Buddenhagen & Associates closed the conference by discussing legal nurse consultant business start up strategies, and marketing tips. Buddenhagen discussed types of cases legal nurses assist attorneys with including personal injury, product liability, medical negligence, toxic torts, criminal, and workers’ compensation.

About Buddenhagen & Associates:

Liz Buddenhagen, thirty year clinical hospital nurse has been assisting Atlanta attorneys for five years. For more information view, email, or call 770-725-2997.


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